Texas A&M Basketball: 3 Aggies earn All-SEC Honors

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 05: Tyler Davis
PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 05: Tyler Davis /

Texas A&M basketball team might have the most talented team in school history, so it should come as no surprise when some players earned All-SEC honors.

This year’s Texas A&M basketball team might have been the most talented team up and down entering a season as there as ever been at the university. You could see this when they rose all the way up to No. 5 during non-conference play.

Billy Kennedy put together some solid recruiting classes and a mixture of junior and senior leaders and young studs has helped this team make a strong case for the NCAA Tournament in March.

That is why it should come as no surprise when a few of the players earned All-SEC honors today.

Tyler Davis has been the Aggies’ most consistent player all season. When they’ve needed big buckets or the outside shots weren’t falling, Kennedy leaned on his dominant big man to score inside. Davis is averaging 14.7 points per game on 58 percent shooting, plus 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

He was honored today by making the 1st Team All-SEC as voted on by the coaches.

Robert Williams was pegged my many to be the SEC Player of the Year before the season, but he was not aggressive enough offensively and went through stretches where he was trying to show he had a more all around game for NBA scouts, rather than just doing what makes him so lethal — scoring inside.

He was still a monster on defense, averaging 2.5 blocks per game which was enough to earn him Co-Defensive Player of the Year with South Carolina’s Chris Silva as well as a place on the SEC All-Defensive team.

This is the second straight year Williams has at least shared the Defensive Player of the Year and made the SEC All-Defensive team. By most accounts, he is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

T.J. Starks also made the All-Freshman team and has been a tremendous spark since becoming a starter. Starks was coming off the bench early in the season, but the Aggies struggled offensively in conference play. Kennedy needed to mix things up and inserted him into the starting lineup against Kansas in late January.

Since that time, the Aggies are 7-4 and Starks was massive in two important wins over No. 8 Auburn and No. 24 Kentucky, scoring 23 and 17 points, respectively, in those two contests. Starks is averaging 14.2 points per game and shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc in those 11 games.

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A season-ending injury to Duane Wilson in February puts the Aggies’ depth at guard in a tight spot. Starks will be a major factor in the team’s postseason success.

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