Thursday, March 13, 2003

UK sweeps SEC coaches' honors


Bogans is top player, Smith top coach

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

This time, as during the Southeastern Conference season, Kentucky got a sweep.

Senior guard Keith Bogans was named player of the year and Tubby Smith the coach of the year in voting by the league's coaches. Bogans' honor was a change from the Associated Press all-SEC awards, in which Tennessee's Ron Slay was named player of the year.

"This is an extremely tremendous honor for me, one I wouldn't have received without support from my coaches and teammates," Bogans said. "We're having a great year and I'm honored to be a part of such a great team effort."

Bogans averaged 15.9 points and 7.7 rebounds and led UK in assists (85) and steals (35). This came after a subpar junior season in which he had career-low scoring and shooting numbers and didn't make any all-SEC teams.

"He has stuck it out for four years and capped his career with a superb season," Smith said. "He's being rewarded for his longevity, his maturity and his outstanding play."

Smith's coaching award matches the one given by the league media.

"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by my peers," Smith said. "But I share this award with my team and coaching staff."

As in the AP voting, UK's Marquis Estill made the second team.




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