March 9, 2011
Vols pick up hardware but focused on SEC
It's not the kind of hardware that Tennessee has it's sights set on this week in the Georgia Dome, but the Vols had a trio of performers recognized for the body of work this season by the league's coaches on Tuesday. Junior Scotty Hopson led the way, getting the nod as one of eight members voted to the SEC's first-team, with superlative freshman Tobias Harris picking up his share of accolades as well.
Harris was a second-team All-SEC selection as well as a member of the conference's All-Freshman team as voted on by the league's coaches. Senior center Brian Williams, whose 23.2 minutes per game make him a reserve in name only, was recognized as the Sixth Man of the Year.
Hopson's place on the team was almost certainly secured by an explosive final month of the season that saw him play the best basketball of his career after returning from an ankle injury suffered in the middle of the conference season.
Though it ended on a down note with a home loss to Kentucky in the regular season finale, Hopson averaged a sizzling 22.3 points per game in the Vols' final seven contests and finished the year tied as conference's second leading scorer in SEC play at 19.3 ppg.
"I feel like it's an honor and I'm thankful for it, but I feel like there's a lot more to be done both for myself and for this team," Hopson said of the recognition.
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