SEC Player of the Year?

Player of the Week

Bobby Portis - Arkansas

Bobby PortisBobby PortisPortis is making his case for SEC Player of the Year Honors with his play of late. Last week in wins against Georgia and Vanderbilt, the 6'10 sophomore was electric. He dropped 21 and 32 respectively and was the best player on the court in both games...and it wasn't even close. An ex-Georgia High School coach who was at the Georgia game said of Portis. "He is the best player I've seen in Athens since Shaq." Those are very high accolades but they aren't too farfetched. Portis has really elevated his game this season and is making his case for the SEC's best big man which is no small feat considering the conference boasts the likes of Karl Towns, [Player: Willie Cauley-Stein] and Jarell Martin among others. Portis is a prototypical four man who can run the floor, rebound, defend and has added a mid-range shot to his repertoire this season. He still does most of his damage on the block when facing up but his post game has really improved as well. He will be the guy that Arkansas relies on most for the rest of the season.

Who's Hot

Dorian Finney Smith - Florida

In a season where the Gators have felt like they are on a roller coaster, the one constant in term of production, has been Finney-Smith. He's one of those "tweener" type of forwards that seem to create so many problems at the college level and he put on a show for this Gator squad that might finally be on the right track. The 6'8 junior has scored in double figures in 8 straight games including 20 and 16 point efforts (both wins) to begin SEC play. Finney-Smith has really become a solid player for Billy Donovan and has really developed over the last three seasons. His offensive game is really where you notice a difference. His jump shot has greatly improved and he has become the team's most reliable three point shooter behind Michael Frazier. He plays the four most nights as the Gators lack a lot of depth in the front court which hurts him from a draft perspective since he'll likely need to play the three at the next level. His free throw shooting must improve and he still needs work on defense as he's not the quickest guy but he's athletic and has great length which are two things you can't teach.

Who's Not

Robert Hubbs - Tennessee

Remember when Hubbs was the #23 ranked prospect coming out of high school? Me neither. In all seriousness though, what has happened (or hasn't happened) to Hubbs at Tennessee? Last season, the Vols were a veteran team that featured five upperclassmen in the starting lineup. It was easy to see back then how he would struggle to crack the rotation but this season has been extremely puzzling. Especially for anyone who saw Hubbs play in high school. He's getting the minutes this season but hasn't really taken advantage of his opportunities. The offense runs through Josh Richardson with Kevin Punter being just behind him in terms of shots but Hubbs has gotten his chances. He's struggled mightily with his shot since arriving on campus and just hasn't done anything of note in close to two years. Saturday's loss against Alabama was one of the worst games I've seen him play. He was 2-10 from the field and just never looked comfortable on the court. Maybe he will benefit next season with Richardson gone and no other players of note on the roster but to this point, it is safe to say that Hubbs has been a major disappointment.

Top Five Transfers

Cinmeon Bowers - Auburn

Bowers was the #1 JUCO prospect a season ago and he has shown why in his first season of D1 basketball. He's averaging just a tick over 13 points and 11 boards for game for the Tigers and has been a major reason why Bruce Pearl's first season hasn't been a complete disaster. Bowers is an undersized PF but he's one of the stronger players in the conference.

Ricky Tarrant - Alabama

Tarrant was a major factor for the Green Wave before transferring to Alabama. He's the second leading scorer for the Crimson Tide behind only Levi Randolph. Head Coach Anthony Grant was in desperate need of a guard with Tarrant's skill set after losing Trevor Releford after last season. Tarrant has been that and more thus far.

Danuel House - Texas A&M

House almost single handedly took down Kentucky on Saturday. He dropped 25 on the Wildcats and pulled down 9 boards in the near upset. House has never been the most efficient scorer and has become even less so now that he's up against better competition but he's been a double figure scorer in each of his three seasons and that has to count for something.

Alex Murphy - Florida

The Duke transfer became eligible after the Fall semester and should provide more depth and hopefully consistency to a Gator team that's looking to start peaking now that SEC play has begun. Murphy won't be relied upon heavily to score the ball but he will need to rebound and defend at both forward positions to make the type of impact that Donovan needs. Murphy hasn't played much since he's been in college so he's really an enigma with regards to what he brings to the table at this point.

Jon Horford - Florida

Before Horford's suspension, he was playing well for the Gators. He'll need to get his act together off the court so that he can get back on the court. Horford is the only true center that the Gators have available at this point and he'll be needed to play big minutes against some of the front lines in the conference. He's not going to be an offensive juggernaut by any means but he is a capable defender and rebounder that will be an integral part of the rotation going forward.

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