Tennessee's Grant Williams may have taken top honors in the coaches' vote, but the members of the media have now spoken: Georgia Bulldogs forward Yante Maten is the Associated Press SEC Player of the Year.
Let's be honest-- Tennessee has been a lot better than Georgia this year overall, but Maten's numbers are clearly better than Williams', full stop. The UGA senior led the Southeastern Conference with 19.4 points per game, and ranked second in rebounding at 8.8 per game.
Auburn's Jared Harper got three AP SEC Player of the Year votes.— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) March 6, 2018
Yante Maten had 11 of the 15 votes. Grant Williams, the coaches' player of the year, just got one.
The Dawgs may not be going dancing this month, but they have feathers in their cap all the same. They notched an upset victory over St. Mary's earlier in the year, and managed a rare regular season sweep of Florida during the conference slate.
This team might not have been able to manage even one single win against an opponent worth its salt without Maten's massive contributions. And the AP's voters appear to see things similarly.