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
|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.|
|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.|