Finney-Smith, Allen Earn Recognition

Two Florida men’s basketball players earned recognition on Monday for their outstanding play. Senior Dorian Finney-Smith was named the SEC Player of the Week, and freshman KeVaughn Allen earned a spot on the Wayman Tisdale Award’s midseason watch list.

(Special to Fightin' Gators)

Finney-Smith earned his first career SEC Player of the Week honor after a pair of 20-point outings after he led the Gators to wins over Mississippi State and Auburn last week. He tallied a double-double vs. Mississippi State with 20 points and 13 rebounds and followed that up with 24 points and eight rebounds in the Gators' rout of Auburn.


It marked his second back-to-back 20-point games of the season, and Finney-Smith needed only 23 field goal attempts to score 44 points in those two games.


Finney-Smith's double-double on Tuesday vs. the Bulldogs marked his third straight, becoming the first Gator since Chandler Parsons to record three in a row, joining Marreese Speights, Al Horford, David Lee and Udonis Haslem as the sixth Gator to do so over the past 20 years.


The Tisdale Award, presented to the nation’s top freshman by the USBWA, included Allen among its 10 midseason watch list honorees. After a relatively quiet start in which Allen averaged 6.2 points through nine games, Allen has quickly emerged as a major threat for the Florida offense, going for double figures in eight of the past 10 games, including five games with 18 or more.


Allen broke out with his 32-point night against Florida State and is UF's second-leading scorer in SEC play with 14.4 points per game. Allen joins fellow SEC candidates Ben Simmons (LSU) and Jamal Murray (Kentucky) on the list.


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