NABC names Varnado defensive player of the year

Jarvis Varnado

Mississippi State senior center Jarvis Varnado has been named defensive player of the year for the fifth time since the 2009-10 season ended.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches named the Bulldogs big man their defensive player of the year Sunday night after he was honored by the Southeastern Conference coaches, The Sporting News, and with the same title.

“I just want to thank everyone who gave me a chance,” said the 6-foot-9 Varnado, who received the award at the Murat Centre in Indianapolis. “It’s something I’m very proud of, but a lot of credit goes to my coaches and teammates. I’ve been blessed.”

Varnado, the NCAA’s all-time leader in career blocked shots, will have a shot at a back-to-back Cellular South Howell Trophies when it is presented Thursday night in Jackson. Last year he took home the hardware, which signifies Mississippi’s best college basketball player, last year.

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