Alabama’s Brandon Miller named prime SEC participant by coaches, AP

Alabama freshman Brandon Miller, whose super season on the court docket has been clouded by controversy off it, is the Associated Press participant of the 12 months and newcomer of the 12 months within the SEC.

The AP launched the outcomes in the future after Miller additionally was introduced because the winner of the SEC’s participant of the 12 months and freshman of the 12 months awards, as voted on by the league’s 14 coaches.

Miller was a first-team decide on all however one AP poll and obtained 12 out of a doable 14 participant of the 12 months votes and 11 as prime newcomer for the regular-season SEC champion and No. 4-ranked Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-9 ahead is simply the fourth freshman previously 50 years to guide the SEC in scoring, averaging 19.6 factors together with 8.0 rebounds. He can be tops in 3-pointers made, making 92 and hitting at a 40.4% charge.

Texas A&M’s Buzz Williams was named coach of the 12 months Tuesday by the AP in voting by 14 reporters who cowl the SEC.

Texas A&M guard Wade Taylor IV and Kentucky ahead Oscar Tshiebwe, final 12 months’s nationwide participant of the 12 months, have been unanimous AP first-team picks. The different first-team picks are Missouri guard/ahead Kobe Brown and Mississippi State ahead Tolu Smith.

Miller’s identify surfaced in court docket testimony within the capital homicide case of now-former teammate Darius Miles and one other man within the taking pictures dying of 23-year-old Jamea Harris close to campus.

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A police officer testified that Miles texted Miller asking him to deliver Miles’ gun within the early-morning hours of Jan. 15. Fellow freshman starter Jaden Bradley was additionally on the scene. Neither has missed a begin or been accused of any crime. The college has described Miller as a cooperating witness, not a suspect.

A day after that testimony, Miller scored 41 factors and hit the game-winning shot in additional time to beat South Carolina amid jeers from Gamecocks followers. Afterward, Alabama coach Nate Oats referred to as Miller “one of the most mentally tough kids I’ve ever coached.”

The Aggies’ Taylor additionally obtained two votes as participant of the 12 months. LSU ahead KJ Williams and Arkansas guards Ricky Council IV and Anthony Black every obtained a vote for newcomer of the 12 months.

Buzz Williams obtained eight votes, Missouri’s Dennis Gates 5 and Alabama’s Oats one within the coach of the 12 months balloting.

The second workforce of gamers included Council, Tennessee guard Zakai Zeigler, KJ Williams, Florida ahead Colin Castleton and Vanderbilt ahead Liam Robbins.

Information from The Associated Press was used on this report.