NHR Preseason All SEC teams

24 Oct

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

The SEC has some of the top teams in college basketball this season. With that, some of the nation’s best players are in the league, too. The National Hoops Report rolls out our preseason picks for all-conference in the league.

First Team All-SEC

Dee Bost (Mississippi State)

Bost is back for his senior season in Starkville, and this year he won’t have to sit out any games. He was forced to miss the first nine games last of his junior year for missing the deadline to remove his name from the NBA draft. Bost never missed a beat after returning averaging better than 15 points per game and dishing out 106 assists. Bost will be the catalyst for the Bulldogs as they try to make it back the NCAA Tournament.

John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)

One of the premier sharpshooters in the county Jenkins has given opposing head coaches headaches for two years. Last season he shot 40.8% from behind the arc last season, but he also greatly improved his ability to score off the dribble making it nearly impossible to defend him. With the talent surrounding him in Nashville, teams will not have the luxury of double teaming him, so his number should only increase.

Terrence Jones (Kentucky)

Jones surprised a lot of people, when he returned to Lexington for his sophomore campaign. He has added 15 pounds of muscle over the summer and by all accounts looks great in preseason workouts. There will be plenty of talent around Jones in Lexington, which should actually work to his advantage. With Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer playing alongside, Jones will no longer face the double teams he saw much of the latter half of the year.

Anthony Davis (Kentucky)

Most know of Davis’s rise from an unranked 6-foot-3 guard to the number one player in the country at 6-foot-11 in a little over a summer. He still has all of his guard skills, but he has added the ability to block shots as well as anybody in the country. Kentucky coach John Calipari has said he hasn’t had a freshman like Davis since Marcus Camby at UMass, high praise for the Chicago native. He should easily set the single season block record at Kentucky, and could very well average a double-double for the season.

JaMychal Green (Alabama)

Green has been a force to be reckoned with since his freshman year at Alabama, and there is no reason to believe that will change this year. His points per game average has increased every season from 10.3 as a freshman to 15.5 as a junior. Look for that number to only increase as Green tries to get the Crimson Tide make a run for NCAA Tournament as a senior.

Second Team All-SEC

Erving Walker (Florida)

Walker may be small in stature but in the words of ESPN’s Jimmy Dykes “he has a huge ticker.” The 5-foot-8 guard has a knack for making big shots for the Gators, and with Chandler Parsons gone look for him to get the ball whenever Florida needs a bucket. His scoring may take a hit in his senior season due to Florida’s depth at guard, but he should average more assists.

Doron Lamb (Kentucky)

When Lamb signed with Kentucky he was known for his midrange game, but in his freshman year he showed he can knock it down from deep as well. The 6-foot-4 guard shot better than 48 percent from behind the arc a season ago and averaged more than 12 points per contest. With a pass first point guard in Marquis Teague look for Lamb to get plenty of open looks.

Jeffrey Taylor (Vanderbilt)

This year’s Vanderbilt team could be the most athletic in school history, and one of the biggest reasons why is Taylor. Taylor is a high flyer, who is at his best when he is attacking the rim. He tends to settle for jump shots, especially if he gets off to a slow state. If he stays aggressive, he could easily make a run at a spot on the first team.

Tony Mitchell (Alabama)

Mitchell, now in his junior season, looks to build off a second team All-SEC selection last year, when he averaged 15 points and seven rebounds. The scary part about the 6-foot-6 do-it-all forward is that he is still developing offensively. He shot just over 30 percent from three point territory last year, but if he can improve on that then the sky is the limit, as he already a terror on defense.

Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt)

One of the best big men in the country, Ezeli went from role player to a star a season ago. He has been working on his midrange game this offseason, and if he can knock down fifteen foot jumpers with regularity he will be even tougher to handle. After he returns from his six game NCAA suspension look for him to put up big numbers.

Third Team All-SEC

Kenny Boynton (Florida)

After his freshman season, Boynton made a conscious effort to change his shot mechanics in an attempt to shot a better percentage. The hard work paid off in his sophomore season he was able to shoot 33 percent from behind the arc, as opposed to less than 30 percent as a freshman. Look for the trend to continue in his junior season.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky)

Gilchrist is not going to not going to amaze you with his physical attributes, but he will definitely impress you with his effort. The 6-foot-7 freshman is still working on his jumper, but he can get to the rim and finish as well as anyone in the conference. He effort leads to him be great defensively, look for him to always guard the opposing team’s best player.

Murphy Holloway (Ole Miss)

After sitting out last season after transferring to South Carolina, Holloway decided he wanted to go back to Oxford. He was given a transfer waiver by the NCAA, and barring a last minute decision by the SEC he will be eligible this season. He is only 6-foot-7, but he has the uncanny ability to rebound the ball exceptionally well. As a sophomore he grabbed 7.6 boards a contest and scored 10 points per game.

Arnett Moultrie (Mississippi State)

After averaging just under 10 points per game as a sophomore at UTEP, Moultrie decided to make the move to the SEC. The 6-foot-11 forward has the ability to step out all the way to the three point line, but can also score around the rim. Look for him to play a similar role to that of former Bulldog Kodi Augustus. He played well on the team’s trip to Europe, compiling four double-doubles in five games.

Patric Young (Florida)

Young was not asked to do much offensively in his first year in Gainesville, because they Gators already had Vernon Macklin and Alex Tyus. Now they are both gone, and it will be up to Young to provide the bulk of the scoring down low, for the perimeter oriented Gators. He averaged just 3 points and 3 rounds last season, but don’t let those numbers fool you he is more than capable of a double-double on any given night.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Terrence Jones, Kentucky

The super sophomore’s main competition is liable to be Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins, and it very well could come down to whose team finished the season in first place. Look for Jones to improve on his freshman numbers and take become the second Wildcat in three years to take home the award.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

The Wildcats have produced the previous two winners of the award in DeMarcus Cousins and Terrence Jones; Davis will look to make it three. Davis won’t have to worry about facing many double teams operating opposite of Jones, which should create plenty of easy scoring opportunities.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State

Moultrie will have stiff competition for the award from Florida’s Mike Rosario, but in the end Rosario just will not b be able to put up great numbers with Florida’s logjam a guard. Look for Moultrie to have a big year playing opposite Renardo Sydney.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Anthony Grant, Alabama

Grant, who narrowly missed out on the award last season, has the Crimson Tide ranked in the preseason top 25, after just missing an NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. Alabama has a solid frontcourt in JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell, but his guards are young and inexperienced. If Grant can get the young guys to come along quickly and get Alabama in the Tournament for the first time since 2006, he is sure to nab the honors on 2012.

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