Tide Basketball Players Get Honors

It hasn't been the greatest of seasons for Alabama basketball, but Southeastern Conference coaches have recognized some individual achievements by Crimson Tide players, the league office has announced.

Three Alabama men's basketball student-athletes earned SEC postseason accolades from the league's coaches.

Senior Alonzo Gee was named second team all-SEC second team, JaMychal Green was a unanimous selection on the all-freshman team and sophomore Justin Knox was voted as the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Gee was voted second team all-SEC after averaging 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, ranking 12th and 11th in the league, respectively. The Riviera Beach, Fla. native scored in double-figures in 13 of Alabama's 16 league contests and wrapped up the season with 1,593 career points, 11th all-time at UA, and 717 rebounds in his stellar four-year career. He is just the 11th player in school history with 1,500 points and 700 rebounds in a career. The postseason honor is the second of his career as he was named to the league's all-freshman team in 2006.

Green became the Crimson Tide's first all-freshman selection since 2006 after starting all but one game (missed start due to injury) and averaging 10.2 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game. One of only three unanimous selections to the all-freshman squad, the Montgomery, native had six double-doubles and five in SEC action, the second most of any player in league play this season. In SEC games, Green led all freshmen in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and blocks (1.6 bpg) and was fifth in scoring (11.6 ppg).

Knox garnered UA's second ever Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award by starting in 29 of the Tide's 30 games while maintaining a 3.22 grade-point-average in the classroom. The pre-business major averaged 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while converting on 48.1 percent of his field goal attempts. A steady performer, he scored and recorded a rebound in every SEC game and had a career-high 14 points against Chattanooga on December 22. The Tuscaloosa product averaged 20.5 minutes per game in his second season with the Crimson Tide.

The trio of award winners and their teammates will begin postseason play on Thursday against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament. Tipoff at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by Raycom Sports.

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