AP Honors Gator Basketball Duo

Florida guard Anthony Roberson was selected as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press, while forward Matt Bonner was named First Team All-SEC, it was announced on Tuesday.

Roberson is the first Gator to win SEC Freshman of the Year honors since Andrew Moten did so in 1984. He is only the third Gator to win the award.

"It feels great, it definitely means a lot to me," said Roberson. "I certainly appreciate the faith (Florida head) Coach (Billy) Donovan had in me and the opportunity he gave me to contribute as a freshman. The only regret I have is that I wish this award could split in two because (teammate) Matt Walsh deserves this just as much as I do. I'm no more deserving than he is and I wish he could share this with me."

Roberson is averaging 12.8 points per game, tied with Walsh for tops among freshmen in the SEC. He has six 20-point games this season, including a 23-point outburst against Georgia where he hit a game-winning three-pointer and was honored as SEC Player of the Week afterwards.

For Matt Bonner, it was a gradual progression that finally led to the senior's first appearance on the First Team All-SEC squad. As a sophomore, he was a Third Team member, while a year ago he earned Second Team honors.

Bonner is averaging 15.8 points per game to lead the Gators. He has been on a tear as of late and over his last nine games is averaging 20.2 points per contest with five 20-point games during that stretch.

It was the third straight year that Florida was represented on the five-man First Team All-SEC squad. Bonner was joined by Kentucky guard Keith Bogans, Tennessee forward Ron Slay, Georgia guard/forward Jarvis Hayes and Mississippi State center Mario Austin.

Slay earned SEC Player of the Year honors while Kentucky's Tubby Smith was selected as the SEC Coach of the Year.


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