By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss guard Chris Warren made the first team, Mississippi State guard Dee Bost the second when the All-SEC team, as named by the league coaches, was announced Tuesday.
In other awards, Ole Miss forward Reggie Buckner was named to the league’s all-defensive team, and MSU’s Riley Benock was named the SEC’s Scholar Athlete of the Year.
A senior from Orlando, Fla., Warren was named All-SEC second team last year but made the first team for the first time. He ranks second among league players this year with his 18.9 scoring average – the highest by an Ole Miss player since Joe Harvell averaged 25.0 in 1991-92.
Warren leads the nation in free throw percentage (93.5) and is on pace to set the school and conference records for a season. He ranks fifth in the SEC in assists (3.8 per game), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.7 per game), third in assist-turnover ratio (1.9) and fourth in minutes (34.4 per game).
Warren has scored 1,958 points and has a chance to become just the fourth player in SEC history to reach 2,000 points and 400 assists for a career.
He the all-time Ole Miss leader in 3-point field goals with 322 and ranks fifth on the SEC career list.
Bost, a native of Concord, N.C., is currently second on the team with his 15.3 scoring clip, while his 95 assists are tops in league play. Suspended for the non-conference games, Bost is just 75 assists shy of tying the school record of 514 held by Derrick Zimmerman. Earlier this year, Bost became the 33rd player in school history to record 1,000 points for a career.
Buckner is the Rebels’ first defensive team representative since it began in 2008.
In less than two complete seasons Buckner is second on the Ole Miss career list for blocked shots with 156.
Earlier this season the sophomore from Memphis tied the school record with eight blocks in a game. Nine times this season Buckner has had at least five blocked shots.
Benock, who has appeared in all 30 games while drawing 29 starts, has a cumulative 3.97 GPA and will graduate in May with a degree in kinesiology. In six of his first seven semesters at Mississippi State, he’s achieved a 4.0. Two weeks ago, the Battletown, Ky., native was named third-team Capital One Academic All-American.
In May, he’ll attend physical therapy school at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.