Tuesday, November 25, 2014 · 5:00 p.m.
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Tennessee guard Jordan McRae goes up for a bucket against Florida. (Photo: Reed Carringer)

KNOXVILLE – Three Vols have been recognized by the league’s coaches for their play during the 2013-14 season.

Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes were named First-Team All-SEC and Josh Richardson was placed on the SEC’s All-Defensive Team.

McRae, who is 19th on UT’s all-time scoring list with 1,413 points heading into the SEC tournament this weekend, is the 26th Vol to be named First-Team All-SEC twice in his career. He averaged 18.8 points per game and shot a career-best .376 from 3-point range this year.

Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes goes under the bucket for a shot attempt against South Carolina. (Photo: Reed Carringer)

Stokes, a Second Team selection last year, earned First Team honors this year after averaging a double-double in SEC play this season with 15.1 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per contest. He recorded 18 total double-doubles this season and was one of just three players nationally to average a double-double in conference play.

Richardson becomes UT’s second ever representative on the All-Defensive Team, which began in 2008. Regularly called the best defender on the team, Richardson consistently drew the opponent’s best perimeter player. He had four games this season with multiple blocks and five with multiple steals.

The 6-foot-6 junior was the primary defender on the SEC’s two leading scorers – Auburn guard Chris Denson and Missouri guard Jabari Brown – in UT’s final two games. Denson and Brown combined to score just 11 points and the Vols recorded blowout victories over both teams.

“I thought he was our defensive stopper, but I think now he's on pace to be an elite defender,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said of Richardson. “When you can shut down those type of scorers, it's not easy and again with the new rule. I got to give credit where it's due because you got to be careful, you can't hand check as much. When you're able to guard guys at that level for so many minutes, it's fun to watch and it's impressive.”

Tennessee returns to the court Friday afternoon in the SEC tournament against the winner of Arkansas against Mississippi State or Vanderbilt.

2014 SEC COACHES POSTSEASON AWARDS

First-Team All-SEC

Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.

Casey Prather, Florida – F, 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.

Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas

Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, Jr., Cleveland, Miss.

Jabari Brown, Missouri – G, 6-5, 214 Jr., Oakland, Calif.

Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.

Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.

 

Second-Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.

Chris Denson, Auburn – G, 6-2, 181, Sr., Columbus, Ga.

Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.

Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-5, 210, So., Alpharetta, Ga.

James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.

Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas

Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas

Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss – G, 6-3, 186, Jr., Jackson, Miss.

Jordan Clarkson, Missouri – G, 6-5, 193, Jr., San Antonio, Texas

Rod Odom, Vanderbilt – F, 6-9, 212, Sr., Central Islip, N.Y.

 

SEC All-Freshman Team

Shannon Hale, Alabama – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Johnson City, Tenn.

Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.

Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas

James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.

Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-9, 241, Fr. Baton Rouge, La.

Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas

Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina – G, 6-5, 205, Fr., Lancaster, S.C.

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt – C, 6-10, 235, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.

 

All-Defensive Team

Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.

Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas

Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 196, Jr., Edmond, Okla.

 

SEC Coach of the Year

Billy Donovan, Florida

SEC Player of the Year

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.

SEC Sixth Man of the Year

Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida – F, 6-8, 212, R-So., Portsmouth, Va.

SEC Defensive Player of the Year

Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.

SEC Freshman of the Year

Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas

Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga

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