Boynton, Walker, Shipman take home SEC honors

By Adam Silverstein
March 9, 2010

Florida Gators freshman guard Kenny Boynton, sophomore point guard Erving Walker and sophomore guard/forward Ray Shipman each took home separate 2009-10 Southeastern Conference season honors on Tuesday.

Boynton, named to the SEC All-Freshman team, averaged 13.3 points in conference play. Walker, earning second-team All-SEC honors, averaged 14.1 points in league action. Shipman was given recognition as the SEC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year due to his excellent work in the classroom.

The Kentucky Wildcats raked in honors with John Wall being named Player of the Year and DeMarcus Cousins listed as Freshman of the Year. Three Wildcats (Wall, Cousins and Patrick Patterson) were placed on the All-SEC first team. Also on the first team are Trey Thompkins (Georgia), Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State), Devan Downey (South Carolina), Wayne Chism (Tennessee) and Jermaine Beal (Vanderbilt).

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings won Coach of the Year honors, and Varnado was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.


  1. Mitch says:

    The SEC is really killing us Gator fans. Based on their analysis, our backcourt of Walker and Boynton is great. This is obviously an SEC conspiracy to keep good guards from coming to UF. But seriously, I can see Boynton only because he is a freshman that started, his play and stats were nothing special. Walker as a top flight guard, that seems generous to say the least. I guess for 5’6″ he is good, but not a top talent in the overall scheme of things.

  2. brlgator says:

    Dont you think “good” guards are smart enough to evaluate talent and not say “hey the gators had two guards on the sec 2nd team so now i am going to go else.” come on man this is not going to have any negative effect on recruiting probably only a positive one cause billy d shows he can develop guards

  3. Dude says:

    Anyone else think Downey should have got SEC Player of the Year?

  4. Mitch says:

    brlgator – based on watching the progression of walker and Boynton, most would be hard pressed to say that Billy D can develop guards. In fact, Billy’s history seems to be that guards do not develop. UF’s NBA players of note are all front court players (Haslem, Miller, Noah, Horford, Bonner). i can’t recall a UF guard that has made a dent in the NBA except for Jason Williams who was at UF 1 year. I can think of some big time guard prospects that never made it (Brett Nelson, who was touted as the next Jerry West, Dupay). Maybe I’m missing some guards, but it seems we don’t do so well with guards.

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    No Dan Werner?

  6. brlgator says:

    exactly i am saying it now looks like he is doing a good job of developing guards. the point i was trying to make is where boyton and walker ended up on the sec all league list will not affect our recruiting in a negative way because guards will not be scared to come here because we are so stacked at those posiitons

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