Monday March 18, 2013Donovan Garners SEC Coach of the Year Honor from AP; Five Gators Claim Accolades
University of Florida menís basketball coach Billy Donovan earned his second Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year honor of the season, the Associated Press announced on Monday. Senior Erik Murphy (South Kingstown, R.I.) was named to the 2013 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference First Team and four other Gators earned honors, as well.
Donovan led UF to the 2013 SEC regular season title with an overall record of 24-6 and an in-conference mark of 14-4. It marked the fifth conference title under Donovanís watch and the teamís third outright title in his 17 years on campus. He coached his team to their second SEC Tournament final in the past three years this past weekend and the Gators will begin their 13th NCAA Tournament under Donovan on Friday, March 22 when they take on Northwestern State.
In addition to his Associated Press accolade, Murphy was named to the first team All-SEC by the coaches and recognized on the All-SEC Tournament Team. One of the nationís top-shooting big-men, Murphy has shot .456 from beyond the arc this season. In one of his latest outings, he tallied 27 points and 12 rebounds, both were career-bests, to lead the Gators to a victory against LSU in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
Senior Kenny Boynton (Pompano Beach, Fla.), redshirt senior Mike Rosario (Jersey City, N.J.), junior Scottie Wilbekin (Gainesville, Fla.), and fellow junior Patric Young (Jacksonville, Fla.) all were Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference Honorable Mention. Boynton has continued his climb in the Florida scoring records and is currently five points shy of becoming the second 2,000-point scorer in school history. Rosario has led the team in scoring a team-best 14 times this season. Wilbekin is one of the Gatorsí top threats on the defensive end and was recognized as a member of the SEC All-Defensive team. Young is averaging 10.3 points per game and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per contest.
Florida is back in action on Friday when the teams travels to Austin, Texas for its second round matchup with Northwestern State in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:27 p.m. and will be televised nationally on truTV.