By Parrish Alford
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Marshall Henderson was named preseason All-SEC first team, and Ole Miss was picked to finish seventh in the SEC race on Wednesday.
Henderson remains suspended for a failed drug test according to national reports.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy says the length of Henderson’s suspension has not been determined.
Henderson led the SEC in scoring last year but was relegated to the All-SEC second teams as chosen by the coaches and the AP.
The Rebels went 27-9 last season, 12-6 in the SEC and won the conference tournament. They defeated No. 5 seed Wisconsin before losing to La Salle in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
In its second season under coach Rick Ray, Mississippi State was picked 13th in the preseason poll.
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle was named the preseason player of the year. Another talented group of first-year players is why the Wildcats were picked to rebound from an NIT first-round loss and win the SEC title.
Alabama guard Trevor Releford and Tennessee guard Jordan McRae joined Henderson on the first team along with LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant III and Randle.
Eight teams met with reporters on Wednesday – Ole Miss was joined by Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
On today’s lineup: Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Tennessee.