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One of the nation’s top teams and a contender for the conference title all season, Florida Gators basketball was honored on Tuesday when the Southeastern Conference released its league awards for the 2016-17 season.
The awards were led by Mike White, who was named 2017 SEC Coach of the Year, but he was not the only individual to receive an honor as transfer guard Canyon Barry was chosen as the 2017 SEC Sixth Man of the Year.
Sophomore G KeVaughn Allen was named a First Team All-SEC selection, while senior point guard Kasey Hill garnered second team honors along with a spot on the SEC All-Defensive team.
Barry is Florida’s second-leading scorer with 12.5 points per game despite coming off the bench and playing 22.1 minutes per game, fifth-most on the team. He’s made 35 percent of his threes on the season and 87.8 percent of his free throws, including a stretch of 32 consecutive makes from the charity stripe that is now the longest such mark in program history.
He is UF’s first Sixth Man of the Year since Dorian Finney-Smith following the 2013-14 season.
Allen has been the straw that stirs the drink for the Gators in the latter half of the season. He’s leading Florida with 13.9 points per game while shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 86.9 percent at the line.
Though Hill is averaging a team-high 3.1 turnovers per game and remains inconsistent from beyond the arc (.200), he’s shooting a career-high 41 percent from the field and averaging a team-high 4.6 assists per game while being tasked with defending the opposing team’s ball handler. The honors are particularly sweet for Hill, who has played extensively in all four of his seasons with the program.