Vols Sweep USBWA District Honors

Credit: UT Athletics

The United States Basketball Writers Association announced its 2018-19 All-District Teams Tuesday, and Tennessee swept both major awards in District IV.

Junior forward Grant Williams was named District IV Player of the Year, while Rick Barnes repeated as District IV Coach of the Year.

Joining Williams on the 11-man All-District IV Team were senior wing Admiral Schofield and junior point guard Jordan Bone.

The USBWA’s District IV includes all Division I programs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Williams leads the Vols and the SEC in scoring this season with a career-best 19.3 points per game. He is also Tennessee’s team leader in rebounding (7.7 rpg) blocks (1.5 bpg) and steals (1.2 spg).

Tuesday’s USBWA award adds to Williams’ growing list of postseason honors. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native also has been named SEC Player of the Year and a first-team All-SEC performer—both for the second straight season. Williams also was named to the SEC Community Service Team and is a Sporting News first-team All-American.

This is Barnes’ fourth career USBWA District Coach of the Year honor. In addition to earning the District IV award last season, he received the District VII award while at Texas in both 1999 and 2001.

Barnes—who is also a semifinalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year—has guided the Volunteers to a 27-4 mark. That impressive record includes a school-record 19-game winning streak and multiple victories over top-five opponents.

The Vols spent four weeks atop the Associated Press Top 25 rankings, and for the first time in program history, Tennessee spent the entire season ranked among the top 10.

Schofield and Bone—both of whom earned All-SEC recognition following outstanding regular seasons—stand as Tennessee’s second- and third-leading scorers, respectively. Schofield averages 16.3 points while shooting .476 from the field and .404 from 3-point range. Bone dishes out 6.1 assists per game, owns a 3.0 assist/turnover ratio and adds 13.4 points per game.

 

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