Stallings was named the state's men's college coach of the year while Byars earned recognition as Tennessee's men's college player of the year. Byars also was named to the all-state team along with Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis, Justin Hare of Belmont and Chris Lofton of Tennessee.
Stallings earned coach of the year accolades from his peers in
the Southeastern Conference following Vanderbilt's 22-12 season that included a
second-place finish in the SEC Eastern Division and a run to the NCAA
Tournament's Sweet 16.
Byars also garnered SEC player of the year honors
from the league's coaches after ranking among the conference leaders in an
SEC-best nine categories. He averaged 17.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists
for the year and led the Commodores in scoring in 14 of their last 20
The all-state teams were selected by a vote of TSWA members and
announced on June 23.
The players and coaches of the year will be
presented their awards during the annual TSWA Convention in July in
TSWA Men's Coach of the Year
Named the 2007 Southeastern Conference Coach
of the Year ... orchestrated the Commodores standout 2007 campaign that was
capped off with the school's second visit to the Sweet 16 in the last four years
... after starting the season 1-3 and losing the services of starting center
Alan Metcalfe with a broken left foot, Stallings and his staff reorganized the
Commodore attack and directed Vanderbilt to a 22-12 overall record during the
season ... The Commodores beat a school-record six nationally ranked teams
during the regular season - a number that ranked third most in the country
behind only UCLA and North Carolina. Vanderbilt defeated topped-ranked and
eventual national champion Florida, 83-70, on Feb. 17 and swept SEC traditional
power Kentucky for the second consecutive season ... Vanderbilt finished with
the second-most league wins in the SEC with 10 and became the only squad in the
league to never lose back-to-back conference games during the year ... Stallings
tutored senior wing player Derrick Byars who blossomed in his final season in
Nashville and was named the 2007 SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches
... The Commodores were ranked in the national polls for the first time since
TSWA Men's Player of the Year
Derrick Byars, Vanderbilt
Guard/Forward, Memphis, Tenn.
Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and unanimous First-Team All-SEC
selection by the league's coaches ... helped lead the Commodores to a 22-12
overall record, the second most league wins in the SEC (10) and a visit to the
Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament ... finished the year ranked among the SEC
leaders in a league-high nine statistical categories: scoring (fourth at 17.0),
3-pointers per game (eighth at 2.32), field goal percentage (ninth at .457),
3-point field goal percentage (ninth at .373), steals (11th at 1.41), free throw
percentage (12th at .711), assists (12th at 3.41), assist-to-turnover ratio
(1.45-to-1) and rebounding (23rd at 4.9) ... finished second in scoring with
19.1 points per game during league play ... A two-time SEC Player of the Week
selection, Byars led the Commodores in scoring 17 times during the season,
including 14 of 20 games from the start of conference play through the
postseason. He also led Vanderbilt in scoring in seven of its 10 games against
ranked opponents, averaging 20.2 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 51.4
percent from the field and 40.6 percent from 3-point range ... netted 24 points
on 11-of-19 shooting in Vanderbilt's 83-70 victory against then-No. 1 Florida.
He posted 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with seven rebounds in an 82-81
win over then-No. 16 Tennessee. He willed Vanderbilt to the Sweet 16, pouring in
19 of his game-high 27 points after intermission during the Commodores' 78-74
double-overtime thriller against then-No. 13 Washington State in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament ... finished the year as the team leader in scoring
(17.0), assists (3.4) and steals (1.4).
Stallings, Byars Earn Honors from TSWA
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