Gafford consensus All-SEC first-team selection

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford celebrates at the final horn Saturday, March 9, 2019, during the Razorbacks' 82-70 win over Alabama in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford celebrates at the final horn Saturday, March 9, 2019, during the Razorbacks' 82-70 win over Alabama in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas sophomore forward Daniel Gafford was named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the league's coaches on Tuesday.

He was also selected to the All-SEC defensive team.

Gafford averaged 17 points on 66 percent from the floor and 8.7 rebounds during the regular season. In conference play, he put up 16.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in nearly 29 minutes per game.

The Razorbacks have had 11 players named first-team all-conference by the AP or coaches since joining the SEC before the 1991-92 season.

"I think he’s very deserving of it," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said Monday. "When you look at the big picture and the things that Dan has done ... I thought he stepped up to the plate. He’s been on the top of everybody’s scouting report. Just think, two years ago he was in high school and now he’s being considered one of the better players not only in the SEC but in the country.

"I think his best basketball continues to be in front of him."

After recording three double-doubles as a freshman, Gafford has totaled 10 this season and scored 20-plus points in 11 games - seven times in SEC play. Gafford scored a career-high 32 points in the Razorbacks' home loss to LSU on Jan. 12 and finished with a career-high 16 rebounds in what was likely his final game in Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.

Gafford closed the regular season fourth in the SEC in scoring, first in rebounding and field goal percentage, and third in blocks per game.

Isaiah Joe, who broke the program's single-season record for 3-pointers in a season in Arkansas' win at Vanderbilt last week, was named to the All-SEC freshman team by the coaches. Joe averaged 14 points, good for second on the team, and made a league-best 106 3s on 42.9 percent from distance.

He also totaled 49 steals - ninth most in the conference - and led the Razorbacks in charges taken.

Gafford and Joe were among the 10 players named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District VII team as well. District VII covers Division I programs in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.


AP ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (listed alphabetically)

Daniel Gafford, Arkansas

PJ Washington, Kentucky

Tremont Waters, LSU

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State

u-Grant Williams, Tennessee

SECOND TEAM

Jordan Bone, Tennessee

Jared Harper, Auburn

Admiral Schofield, Tennessee

Breein Tyree, Mississippi

Chris Silva, South Carolina

AWARDS

Player of the Year – Grant Williams, Tennessee

Coach of the Year – Kermit Davis, Ole Miss

Newcomer of the Year – Tyler Herro, Kentucky


COACHES ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM

Daniel Gafford, Arkansas

PJ Washington, Kentucky

Tremont Waters, LSU

Breein Tyree, Ole Miss

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State

Chris Silva, South Carolina

Admiral Schofield, Tennessee

Grant Williams, Tennessee

SECOND TEAM

Bryce Brown, Auburn

Jared Harper, Auburn

Nicolas Claxton, Georgia

Tyler Herro, Kentucky

Keldon Johnson, Kentucky

Skylar Mays, LSU

Terence Davis, Ole Miss

Jordan Bone, Tennessee

FRESHMAN TEAM

Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama

Isaiah Joe, Arkansas

Andrew Nembhard, Florida

Tyler Herro, Kentucky

Keldon Johnson, Kentucky

Naz Reid, LSU

Reggie Perry, Mississippi State

A.J. Lawson, South Carolina

DEFENSIVE TEAM

Donta Hall, Alabama

Daniel Gafford, Arkansas

Ashton Hagans, Kentucky

Tremont Waters, LSU

Chris Silva, South Carolina

AWARDS

Coach of the Year: Kermit Davis, Ole Miss

Player of the Year: Grant Williams, Tennessee

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Skylar Mays, LSU

Freshman of the Year: Keldon Johnson, Kentucky

Sixth-Man of the Year: Hassani Gravett, South Carolina

Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Tremont Waters, LSU and Ashton Hagans, Kentucky


USBWA ALL-DISTRICT VII (listed alphabetically)

Desmond Bane, TCU

Ty Cockfield, Arkansas State

Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech

Corey Davis, Houston

Daniel Gafford, Arkansas

JaKeenan Gant, Louisiana

Jhivvan Jackson, Texas-San Antonio

Isaiah Joe, Arkansas

Daishon Smith, Louisiana-Monroe

Tremont Waters, LSU

Player of the Year – Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech

Coach of the Year – Chris Beard, Texas Tech

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