Sword, Newman named second team All-SEC

Malik Newman

Malik Newman

Mississippi State guards Craig Sword and Malik Newman were selected to the Preseason All-SEC second team by the league’s coaches on Thursday.

Sword, a 6-foot-3 senior from Montgomery, Ala., has led the Bulldogs in scoring in each of the past three seasons. Sword was named a second team All-SEC after averaging 11.3 points last season and has been an All-SEC member three times.

It’s always nice to be recognized,” Sword said. “The credit

goes to my teammates and coaches. They put me in position to have success.”

Despite not stepping on the court yet, Newman also earned a spot on the second team. The 6-foot-3 freshman from Jackson is a former McDonald’s All-American that led Callaway to four straight state championships.

It’s such an honor,” Newman said. “There’s a lot of great names on that list, and I look forward to competing against them this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Nine SEC schools were represented on the All-SEC team with Kentucky leading the way with four selections. A total of 37 players received votes and no predicted order of finish was made.

2016 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team 

First Team All-SEC
Dorian Finney-Smith Florida F 6-8 220 Sr. Portsmouth, Va.
Kenny Gaines Georgia G 6-3 205 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
Charles Mann Georgia G 6-5 215 Sr. Alpharetta, Ga.
Skal Labissiere Kentucky F 6-11 225 Fr. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tyler Ulis Kentucky G 5-9 160 So. Chicago, Ill.
Ben Simmons LSU F 6-10 225 Fr. Melbourne, Australia
Stefan Moody Ole Miss G 5-10 179 Sr. Kissimmee, Fla.
Danuel House Texas A&M G 6-7 212 Sr. Fresno, Texas
Damian Jones Vanderbilt C 7-0 245 Jr. Baton Rouge, La.
Second Team All-SEC
Jamal Murray Kentucky G 6-4 207 Fr. Kitchener, Ontario
Alex Poythress Kentucky F 6-8 230 Sr. Clarksville, Tenn.
Tim Quarterman LSU G 6-6 190 Jr. Savannah, Ga.
Malik Newman Mississippi State G 6-3 178 Fr. Jackson, Miss.
Craig Sword Mississippi State G 6-3 196 Sr. Montgomery, Ala.
Sindarius Thornwell South Carolina G 6-5 215 Jr. Lancaster, S.C.
Alex Caruso Texas A&M G 6-5 186 Sr. College Station, Texas
Riley LaChance Vanderbilt G 6-2 182 So. Brookfield, Wis.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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