Monday, December 15, 2008

High-flying freshmen in the SEC

The SEC recently recognized VU freshman Jeffery Taylor, men’s basketball, with its Freshman of the Week Award for his 18-point performance against Alabama A&M last week.

Here’s a look at freshmen from other SEC Eastern Division schools, who are performing well thus far:

Erving Walker
Florida guard, No. 11, 5-8/161 lbs.

The youngster from Brooklyn, N.Y. was averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists up to the Gators’ contest with Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 10. Walker has also earned a starting position in UF’s last three games, including the Florida Gulf Coast matchup.

Trey Thompkins
Georgia forward, No. 33, 6-9/247 lbs.

The freshman forward from Lithonia, Ga. comprises one of the Bulldogs’ top-two scorers, averaging 11.8 points with 5.5 rebounds in four games (updated to UGA’s game against Virginia Tech on Dec. 9). Thompkins has started the last two contests for Head Coach Dennis Felton. The SEC recognized the UGA forward as FOW on Dec. 1.

DeAndre Liggins
Kentucky guard/forward, No. 34, 6-6/202 lbs.

The newcomer from Chicago totals 20.9 minutes per game with 7.4 points and a combined 34 assists -- tallied up to the Wildcats’ tilt with Indiana on Dec. 13. The SEC recognized Liggins as FOW on Dec. 8.

Scotty Hopson
Tennessee guard, No. 32, 6-7/185 lbs.

Hopson, out of Hopkinsville, Ky., totals 9.5 points per game with 1.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists. The SEC recognized Hopson as FOW on Nov. 17 for his 17-point, debut performance against UT-Chattanooga. The UT freshman has also been acknowledged as SEC Newcomer of the Year.

* South Carolina hasn't listed a freshman player on its roster.

Has anyone seen the above freshmen, including Taylor, play, and if so, how do they look?

“Taylor claims SEC FOW Award” Read

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