SEC: All-Opening Month
While freshmen have ruled all the other BCS conferences, transfer players in the early going are ruling the SEC. Two crack this All-November list.
Guard – Marcus Thornton – LSU - JR
19.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5spg
Best game – Nov 30th – Southern – 22 points, 7 boards, 4 steals
A scoring star in JUCO last season, Thornton has made the transition to D1 seamlessly. In the Tigers narrow defeat to nationally ranked Villanova he put up a double-double of 15 points and 13 boards.
Guard/Forward – Shan Foster – Vanderbilt - SR
20.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 32/62 3pts
Best game – Dec 5th – Wake Forest – 26 points, 7 boards
Whoever saw Vandy as a top-25 team at the beginning of this season, please raise your hand. Foster and rookie Andrew Ogilvy have proven to be a lethal 1-2 punch for the Commodores, with Foster providing lights out three-point shooting.
Forward – Tyler Smith – Tennessee – SO
13.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.6apg, 2.4spg
Best game – Nov 30th – La Lafayette – 22 points, 8 assists, 7 boards
Transfer Smith has been an all-around stud for the Volunteers this season, leading the team in assists & steals, coming in second in rebounding and third in scoring.
Forward – Richard Hendrix – Alabama - JR
21.1ppg, 12.3rpg, 2.6bpg
Best game – Nov 9th – Troy – 22 points, 23 boards
Now in his third season in college, Hendrix looks like he may finally realize his immense potential. He started the season off on the right foot, lodging double-doubles in the team’s first five games.
Forward – Patrick Patterson – Kentucky - FR
16.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.8spg
Best game – Nov 21st – Liberty – 23 points, 10 boards
Billy Gillispie’s first big coup as a Wildcat was signing Patterson, and the big man hasn’t let him down. Against North Carolina last game he put up a very solid 19 points and nine boards.