Saiz Earns Preseason All-SEC Honors
Nov. 10, 2016
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss senior forward Sebastian Saiz was named to the preseason All-SEC second team Thursday, as selected by the league’s coaches.
The SEC’s active leader with 599 career boards, Saiz is the conference’s second leading returning rebounder from a year ago after averaging 8.7 per game. Saiz also ranks second in the league among active players with nine career double-doubles and is the Rebels leading returning scorer from last year at 11.7 points per game.
Ten different schools are represented on the two teams with Kentucky having four selections while Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt have two selections each. In all, 31 different players received votes for the coaches’ teams.
The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC Head Men’s Basketball Coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.
All 14 SEC teams officially tip-off the 2015-16 campaign this weekend, beginning with 12 teams hitting the court Friday night. Conference play is set to begin on December 29 and the 2017 SEC Tournament will be March 8-12 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
A list of the 2017 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows:
First Team All-SEC
Moses Kingsley – Arkansas, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., Abuja, Nigeria
J.J. Frazier – Georgia, G, 5-10, 155, Sr., Glennville, Ga.
Yante Maten – Georgia, F, 6-8, 240, Jr., Pontiac, Mich.
Edrice “Bam” Adebayo – Kentucky, F, 6-10, 260, Fr., Little Washington, N.C.
De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 187, Fr., Houston, Texas
Quinndary Weatherspoon – Mississippi State, G, 6-4, 202, So., Canton, Miss.
Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina, G, 6-5, 211, Sr., Lancaster, S.C.
Tyler Davis – Texas A&M, C, 6-10, 270, So., Plano, Texas
Second Team All-SEC
Dusty Hannahs – Arkansas, G, 6-3, 210, R-Sr., Little Rock, Ark.
KeVaughn Allen – Florida, G, 6-2, 183, So., Little Rock, Ark.
John Egbunu – Florida, C, 6-11, 255, R-Jr., Bauchi, Nigeria
Isaiah Briscoe – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 210, So., Newark, N.J.
Malik Monk – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 200, Fr., Lepanto, Ark.
Antonio Blakeney – LSU, G, 6-4, 190, So., Sarasota, Fla.
Sebastian Saiz – Ole Miss, F, 6-9, 240, Sr., Madrid, Spain
Matthew Fisher-Davis – Vanderbilt, G/F, 6-5, 185, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.
Luke Kornet – Vanderbilt, F, 7-1, 250, Sr., Lantana, Texas
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