Retin Obasohan, who at times has seemingly carried Tide basketball this season, was honored by SEC coaches today for as fine a season as you could ask.
The Senior Guard was named first-team All-SEC, All-SEC Defensive team, and earned the conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year award. (If you're keeping track, that two-for-two for Alabama, as Ryan Kelly also won the SA Award in football.)
“It’s far beyond anything I could possibly imagine,” Obasohan said. “It blows my mind still. It’s so surreal. It kind of seemed like a dream. I’m just grateful for the guys I have in that locker room, the coaching staff that I have, and the God that I serve. It’s pretty unreal and I’m excited to even add some more great stuff to this season.”
Obasohan became the first Tide player in 20 years to average 20 ppg (20.6.) He is fifth in the SEC with 17.7 points per game. "He has collected 14 games of 20 or more points – 11 of which came during SEC play – and 24 double-digit scoring games." Aand, more impressively, this is the second year in a row an Alabama player has won the Scholar Athlete of the Year award in men's basketball, following Levi Randolph last season.
Congratulations to Retin for all his work, and good luck Thursday in the SEC tournament (and best of luck in his question to be an Academic All-American.)
I will pick a bone with the league, though. Texas A&M, a preseason Top-25 squad, who was predicted to compete for the SEC title, did in fact finish Top 25 and won the regular season SEC Crown. Alabama was expected to be Missouri-bad, yet beat three of the top four teams in the league, and finished 10th (and was a two-game swing from finishing 6th.) Who was your coach of the year? Well, the guy with the good team everyone expected to be good (and who went 0-1 against Avery Johnson, FTR.) Grumble. Grumble.