COLUMBIA -- South Carolina might not make much history as a team this season, but senior center Sam Muldrow continues to add to his list of personal achievements.
Muldrow was named Tuesday the SEC's defensive player of the year, the first player to earn that distinction since South Carolina joined the league in 1992.
Additionally, freshman point guard Bruce Ellington was named to the league's All-Freshman team. The Berkeley product led USC in scoring, with 13 points a game. He had seven 20-point games and one 30-point performance. He led the team, or shared the team lead, in scoring 10 times, in assists 17 times and in steals nine times in USC's 29 games.
South Carolina (14-15, 5-11) has lost eight of its past nine games, but its only win in that stretch was against its first-round opponent in the SEC tournament. The Gamecocks defeated Mississippi (19-12, 7-9) 79-73 on Feb. 22 in Columbia. Tip inside the Georgia Dome is set for about 3:30 p.m.
Muldrow had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win against Mississippi, one of his seven double-doubles this season. One of those was actually a triple-double, only the second in school history and the first including blocks.
Against Georgia on Feb. 12, Muldrow set the school blocks record. He now has 268 career blocks. Muldrow led the SEC in blocked shots this season, averaging 3.3 a game. That ranks fourth in the country.