VETTEL: One Man's All-SEC Selections

One of the challenging parts about picking any all conference team involves deciding exactly what type of team to pick. Do I go with a first, second and third team? Do I choose a ten-man squad? Is it important that I choose a team you could play with, or do I select the five best players regardless of position?

I have seen All-SEC teams made entirely of forwards in past years as well as teams with two true centers. To me, that makes no sense. I like picking a team that can go out and play a game and play it well. With the lack of true centers in the college game, I am content with two "post" players. And with the flexibility of other positions I am fine with two "wing" players to recognize both shooting guards and small forwards.

This year, the SEC would have been hard pressed to field an all-conference team that could compete with the best from around the nation. However as the year evolved, the young players in the SEC made great strides and if they all stay in school next year this conference will be something else.

All stats and SEC rankings are reflective of the players' stats in SEC games and SEC games alone. That is the best way to choose an All-SEC team because it's based on head-to-head competition.

First-Team All-SEC

Glen Davis, LSU: They call him "Big Baby" but he's the one making others cry. Davis is the most difficult player in the league to match up with and always comes to play. He also is the only player in the SEC who is averaging a double-double (18.6/10.2).

Joakim Noah, Florida: Very close call between Noah and Alabama's Jermareo Davidson. Their stats for the season are virtually identical, but Noah gets the edge for his play in the second half of the season (18.7/8.0) when he emerged as the best big man in the league.

Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas: The most gifted athlete in the league, Brewer is not as consistent as you would like him to be but he's still clearly the best small forward in the conference, leading all SEC players with 18.8 points a game.

Chris Lofton, Tennessee: He's not quite Chris Jackson, but he may be the best shooter in the SEC since. Lofton is an unreal shooter and the rest of his game improved in his sophomore season. You know you are good when you lead the league in three-pointers (61) AND 3-point percentage (.469).

Ronald Steele, Alabama: The SEC has become pretty strong at point guard, but Steele is a cut above. His offensive numbers are very close to those of Daryl Mitchell of LSU but Steele is a better defender and led the league in minutes played by about three minutes a game.

Second-Team All-SEC

Jermareo Davidson, Alabama: Top ten in scoring, top five in rebounds and blocked shots. His .453 field goal percentage is ninth in the SEC, but way short of Noah's league-leading .656.

Tyrus Thomas, LSU: This redshirt freshman may have the most NBA potential of anyone in the conference. His defense, rebounding and blocked shots let Glen Davis have the year he had.

Shan Foster, Vanderbilt: Close call between Vandy's gifted wing man and Florida's Corey Brewer but Foster was just more consistent. His 16.8 per game in SEC action is more impressive because Vandy has little inside scoring threat.

Jonathan Modica, Arkansas: The first senior to warrant mention, Modica is the second-best shooting guard in the league. His 17.8 a game was a key to Arkansas' surge in the second half of the season.

Daryl Mitchell, LSU: Made seamless transition to point guard after the Tigers lost Tack Minor. Is top ten in points, assists and steals.

Didn't Make It, but Everyone Hates Facing Them

CJ Watson, Tennessee: Poised senior was usually clutch late.

Taurean Green, Florida: You have to control him to deal with talented Gators. Never misses a free throw (hardly).

Andre Patterson, Tennessee: Gators will help make sure he graduates.

Dane Bradshaw, Tennessee: Nobody gets more out of his ability.

Rajon Rondo, Kentucky: Leads SEC in steals and may be the best rebounding guard in the nation.

Al Horford, Florida: When he grabs a rebound and starts up the floor with the ball normally stout defenders enter the witness protection program.

Richard Hendrix, Alabama: Look up man-child in the dictionary and you'll see his picture.

Charles Rhodes, Mississippi State: One man gang for disappointing Bulldogs.

Dwayne Curtis, Ole Miss: He and Rhodes might be the same person.

Mike Mercer, Georgia: Tremendously talent rookie in Athens.

Tarence Kinsey, South Carolina: It's a shame this guy didn't get more help.

I know that's a lot of guys, but this has been a fascinating season of SEC basketball. We knew little about the league when the season began, but we got to know some pretty fine players over the course of ten weeks.

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Have a great week.


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