SEC Player of the Week
South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell
Thornwell, a 6-foot-5, 211-pound senior guard from Lancaster, SC, averaged 18.5 points eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in wins over #25 Michigan and #18 Syracuse last week. Thornwell shot 61.1 percent from the floor, and connected on 3-of-6 attempts from 3-point range and 12-of-15 from the free throw line, including 9-of-10 from the line vs. Syracuse alone. He began the stretch with his seventh-career double-double, posting 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win vs. the Wolverines. Thornwell followed with a strong outing against Syracuse at the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
SEC Freshman of the Week
Texas A&M's Robert Williams
Williams, a 6-foot-9, 237-pound forward from Vivan, La., averaged 12 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in leading the Aggies to the championship game of the Wooden Legacy in the Los Angeles, CA, area. Williams made a splash on the national scene with an impressive three-game performance at the 2016 Wooden Legacy, shooting 56 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the free throw line. Additionally, Williams led the entire tournament field with eight blocked shots. He hit double-digit scoring in each game during the tournament and collected his first career double-double by setting career highs in both points (13) and rebounds (10) during the Aggies' come-from-behind victory over Virginia Tech in the Wooden semifinals.