By ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 12, 2003
GAINESVILLE -- At the start of the season, Florida freshman Anthony Roberson said his only desire was to do whatever he could to "contribute" in any way possible.
He succeeded beyond his wildest expectations. Tuesday, the Gators guard was named the AP SEC freshman of the year.
A native of Saginaw, Mich., and a former McDonald's High School All-American, Roberson is UF's third-leading scorer at 12.8 points a game. He has played every game, starting in 10.
"It feels great," Roberson said. "It definitely means a lot to me. I certainly appreciate the faith Coach (Billy) Donovan had in me and the opportunity he gave me to contribute as a freshman.
Also, senior forward Matt Bonner was named one of 22 finalists for the Wooden Award, presented to the nation's top player.
"As a kid growing up, that's one of the awards you always see and think about so it's pretty nice," Bonner said. He was also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association all-District IV team. That district includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Tennessee's Ron Slay was named SEC player of the year and Kentucky's Tubby Smith was tabbed coach of the year.
ACC: The conference reprimanded North Carolina coach Matt Doherty, Duke assistant Chris Collins and Blue Devils player Andre Buckner for their part in a shoving match in Sunday's game.
ARKANSAS: The Razorback Foundation, which supports school athletics, asked a federal judge to dismiss it from a lawsuit filed by former coach Nolan Richardson.
GEORGIA: Guard Jarvis Hayes, who isn't involved in the school's academic fraud scandal, announced he will enter the NBA draft.
UAB: Guard Jeffrey Collins, 20, was arrested on marijuana possession charges Thursday and will not be with the Blazers for their Conference USA tournament opener today against Charlotte.
HORIZON: Host Wisconsin-Milwaukee took leads of 14-0 and 21-4 and cruised past Butler 69-52 in the tournament championship for its first NCAA tournament bid.
WEST COAST: Jason Keep scored 18 to lead No.2 seed and host San Diego past top seed Gonzaga 72-63 late Monday to clinch the Toreros' first NCAA berth in 16 years.
MID-CONTINENT: Matt Crenshaw hit an 18-foot jumper with one second left of the tournament final in Kansas City, Mo., to give Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis a 66-64 win over Valparaiso for its first NCAA bid in its fifth season in Division I.
SUN BELT: Mike Wells had 18 points and 10 rebounds for host Western Kentucky, which beat Middle Tennessee 64-52 in the final.
MEAC: Richard Toussaint scored 49 as Bethune-Cookman beat Morgan State 104-103 in double overtime in the first round in Richmond, Va. Toussaint set conference marks for points (25) and free throw tries (25). He tied tourney marks for field goals (15) and free throws (19). B-CC (7-21) faces Delaware in today's quarterfinals.