SEC: All-Opening Month

December 12th, 2007

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.