Robert Williams named SEC Defensive Player of the Year among other honors

Jan 17, 2017: Texas A&M Aggies Men's Basketball vs Arkansas Razorbacks by Thomas Campbell for Texas A&M Athletics

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M Aggies freshman forward Robert Williams was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year on Tuesday.

The three-time SEC Freshman of the Week also notched SEC All-Defensive team, SEC All-Freshman, and second team All-SEC honors.

The Vivian, La. native has recorded 11 double-doubles this season, second-most among all conference players while averaging a near double-double during league play with 12.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Williams also leads the SEC in blocked shots (46), while ranking second in rebounding (9.6 per game), offensive rebounding (3.6 per game), and field goal percentage (.542).

Williams owns the country’s longest active shot blocking streak with a shot blocked in every game this year. He has 22 multi-block games along with eight games with four or more swats. Williams’ 76 blocks are 16th among all Division-I players this year and second-most by an Aggie for a single season, trailing David Harris’ 108 in the 1989-90 season.


The Aggies begin their SEC Tournament play in Nashville in the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. against Vanderbilt. The game can be heard on 94.1 FM ESPN Texarkana with pregame at 5:30 and Dave South on the play-by-play.