By NEMS Daily Journal
The honors are continuing to roll in for Ole Miss senior guard Chris Warren.
On Monday, Warren was named to the five man Associated Press All-SEC first team – the first Rebels player on the team since Justin Reed in 2004.
Warren was joined on the All-SEC first team by player of the year Chandler Parsons of Florida, as well as Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins, Kentucky’s Terrence Jones and Alabama’s JaMychal Green.
Parsons and Jenkins were unanimous selections.
Florida’s Billy Donovan was selected as coach of the year for leading the Gators to the regular-season championship. Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones was chosen as the top newcomer, beating out teammate Brandon Knight.
Warren ranks second among league players this year with his 19.0 scoring average – the highest by an Ole Miss player since Joe Harvell (25.0) in 1991-92. He also leads the nation in free throw percentage (93.3).
Parsons, a 6-foot-10 senior forward, was a unanimous choice to the first team despite ranking 24th in the league in scoring – and third on his own team – at 11.5 points a game. That was a tribute to his all-around game; he ranks among the SEC’s top 10 in five other categories: rebounding (third at 7.8), assists-to-turnover ratio (fifth at 1.6), assists (seventh at 3.5), field-goal percentage (eighth at .496), and 3-point percentage (10th at .381).
“Chandler’s made an incredible jump mentally, an incredible jump,” Donovan said. “As big of a jump as Joakim Noah made as a player, that is the jump that Chandler has made going into the games and understanding what he needs to do.”
Jenkins, a sophomore guard, led the SEC in scoring (19.5) and was the league’s most prolific 3-point shooter.
Knight was a second-team selection, joined by Georgia’s Trey Thompkins, Tennessee’s Scotty Hopson, Alabama’s Tony Mitchell and Florida’s Erving Walker.
Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost was an honorable mention All-SECselection.
The 63rd annual AP All-SEC team was selected by a 12-member media panel representing each of the conference’s nine states.
Also Monday, Warren was named an All-District IV selection by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for the second year in a row.