COLUMBIA -- South Carolina junior forward Chris Silva was named the 2018 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year by league coaches on Tuesday.
The postseason awards were announced in advance of this week’s SEC Tournament in St. Louis. Silva was also honored on the All-SEC First Team and the All-SEC Defensive Team. The postseason accolades are the first of his career.
Silva was dominant in SEC play this season, leading the Gamecocks with 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, while he also averaged 1.3 blocks per game. His rebounds per game were fourth in the league, and he also ranked second in conference action with 3.7 offensive rebounds per outing.
He tallied double-figures in 15 games against conference foes this season, while he pulled down eight or more rebounds nine times, and had double-digit rebounds five times, which resulted in five double-doubles in league action.
Silva hit 118-of-154 free throws during league play this season, 76.6 percent from the line.
South Carolina has now had an All-SEC First-Team honoree from the league’s coaches in each of the last three seasons: 2016, Michael Carrera; 2017, Sindarius Thornwell, and Silva this season.
- First Team All-SEC: Jaylen Barford, Arkansas; Chris Chiozza, Florida; Yante Maten, Georgia; Kevin Knox, Kentucky; Kassius Robertson, Missouri; Chris Silva, South Carolina; Grant Williams, Tennessee; Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
- SEC Coach of the Year: Rick Barnes, Tennessee
- SEC Player of the Year: Grant Williams, Tennessee
- SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Silva, South Carolina; Robert Williams, Texas A&M