SEC honors Ramar again

Tennessee's rookie point guard, Ramar Smith, may not win recognition as Freshman of the Year in the Southeastern Conference this season but he's certainly racking up the Freshman of the Week honors.

The 6-2, 200-pounder from from Mt. Clemens, Mich., has been honored by the league office for the third time in the past two months.

Ramar Smith produced 10 points, 4 assists and a steal in Tennessee's upset of No. 5 Florida last Tuesday night, then contributed 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal to a 71-65 win at Georgia in the regular-season finale.

Smith previously won Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 8 and Feb. 5.

The first honor came after he posted 13 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots vs. Mississippi State on Jan. 7.

Smith's second recognition followed a week in which he scored 21 points in a Jan. 31 home defeat of Georgia and 13 in a Feb. 3 road loss at Florida.

A converted shooting guard, Smith's development into a quality point guard has been phenomenal. Head coach Bruce Pearl recently noted that Smith "had to make the most difficult transition of any freshman at any school in America."

He has made that transition beautifully, though. Smith scored in double-figures 18 times during the regular season. Based on league games only, he ranks No. 1 among SEC freshmen in assists (3.13 per game) and steals (1.50), while ranking second in scoring (13.0 ppg).

Counting non-conference games, Smith's season averages include 8.1 points per game, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.8 steals.

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