Hendrix Picked

Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried rightly considered the Crimson Tide's win over Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday to be a team victory. But the Southeastern Conference opffice found one Bama player to honor as Richard Hendrix was named SEC Freshman of the Week.

For the second time this season, Alabama forward Richard Hendrix has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. The league office announced the award Monday morning.

The 6-foot-8, 265 pound Athens native won the award for his play in important wins as Alabama improved to 7-3 in SEC play. He had 11 points and 12 rebounds in Alabama's 64-50 road win at Ole Miss Saturday. On Wednesday in had 8 point and 12 rebounds in an overtime home win over Vanderbilt.

He was also honored the week of January 23-29 when Alabama played only one game. In that win over Mississippi State Hendrix had 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Hendrix's production at Ole Miss marked his fifth double-double this season. He ranks second in the SEC in rebounding with his averaging of 9.2 rebounds a game in league games. He's averaging 9.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The 13-game starter has Alabama's best shooting percentage as he's making 56.2 per cent from the field.

This marks the third time this season Alabama has produced the SEC Freshman of the Week. In addition to Hendrix's two selections, Alonzo Gee won the award on December 19.

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