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Razorback Basketball Duo Awarded All-SEC Honors

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It was announced Tuesday, March 8th that the Razorback basketball duo of JD Notae and Jaylin Williams were both named to the All-SEC First Team. Williams also earned a spot on the All-SEC Defensive Team. Arkansas is gearing up to play their first game in the SEC Tournament Friday afternoon against the winner of LSU vs Ole Miss/Missouri.

Razorback Basketball Duo Makes History

JD Notae and Jaylin Williams became the first Razorback basketball duo to both be named to the All-SEC First Team since Corliss Williamson and Scotty Thurman were both awarded the honor after the 1994-95 season. Williams also became only the third Razorback to be named to the All-SEC First Team and All-Defensive Team in the same season, joining Daniel Gafford (2018-19) and Lee Mayberry (1991-92).

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JD Notae

The 6-2 senior, spent most of the season as an SEC Player of the Year Candidate, though that award ultimately went to Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe. Notae averaged 18.9 points per game on the season, good for second in the conference, including 19.7 points per game against SEC teams. He has continually taken his game to new heights when his team needs him most, averaging 22.8 points per game in four matchups against the other top three teams in the SEC (Auburn, Kentucky, and Tennessee).

Notae also ranked second in the conference in steals with 2.2 per game, a tremendous improvement over his 1.4 steals per game last season. His attention to detail on the defensive side of the ball has been a driving factor in the Razorbacks’ impressive run in which they won 14 out of 16 games, both losses coming on the road by a combined total of five points.

Now Notae is tasked with putting together one last push to propel his Hogs as far into the postseason as he can before he’s faced with a daunting decision of whether or not to return to Arkansas for his COVID year of eligibility next season.

Jaylin Williams

Williams earned his spot on the All-Defensive team largely thanks to his ability to disrupt plays at the basket and secure defensive rebounds. He finished second in the conference at 9.6 rebounds per game, tallying 12 double-doubles in a 16-game stretch late to end the season. In that late-season stretch, he averaged 14.5 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game.

On the season as a whole, Williams averaged 10.8 points, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game to go along with his near double-digit rebounding average. Most of his boards came on the defensive side of the ball as he averaged 8.1 defensive rebounds and 1.5 offensive rebounds.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Williams’ game is his ability to be one of the premier charge-takers in the country, tallying 48 on the season so far. It is hard to compile an accurate list of charges taken for all of college basketball because it is not an officially-kept stat, but rest assured that Williams resides at the top of the list.

Williams did, however, struggle in his final game against Tennessee, scoring only nine points and securing seven rebounds in 30 minutes of play due to foul trouble. He was unable to draw a single charge call on the road against the Volunteers after making Rick Barnes nearly pull what’s left of his hair out by taking four charges against Tennessee in Bud Walton Arena.

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