BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mississippi State standouts Charles Rhodes and Jamont Gordon have been named second-team all-SEC by a preseason vote of the league's head men's basketball coaches. The announcement was made Monday by the SEC office headquartered in Birmingham.
Mississippi State ranked as one of four schools to have at least two players selected to the 17-man preseason all-conference squad comprised of eight first-team honorees and nine second-team recipients. Defending NCAA Champion Florida led all schools with four selections, followed by Alabama with three players and both MSU and reigning Final Four participant LSU with two apiece.
Rhodes, a junior forward/center from Jackson's Lanier High School, earned second-team all-SEC honors (AP & Coaches) a year ago after ranking 12th overall in the SEC in scoring (13.8 ppg), eighth in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and third in field-goal percentage (56.4%). In SEC games only last season, the reigning Cellular South Howell Trophy finalist ranked fifth in both scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg), third in field-goal percentage (58.4%), and tied for eighth in blocks (1.4 bpg). Additionally, Rhodes made 50 percent or better of his field goals in 14 of 17 games versus league competition last season.
A native of Nashville, Gordon collected freshman all-America laurels and was a unanimous SEC All-Freshman selection a season ago after ranking 13th overall in the SEC in scoring (13.8 ppg), 10th in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and seventh in assists (4.3 apg) as a Bulldog rookie. Gordon was the SEC's leading freshman scorer (10th among NCAA frosh) last year, while also setting a freshman-season school standard with 129 assists. The former high school all-American from Virginia's Oak Hill Academy has been rated this preseason as the nation's No. 7-ranked point guard by The Sporting News publication.
Alabama's Ronald Steele, Joakim Noah of Florida, LSU's Glen Davis and Chris Lofton of Tennessee were unanimous selections to this year's third annual men's basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first team. Jermareo Davidson of Alabama, the Florida tandem of Corey Brewer and Al Horford, and Vanderbilt's Shan Foster rounded out the first team.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After five consecutive victories at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships, MSU senior Ivan Bjelica's run finally came to an end in the semifinals on Monday. Bjelica, ranked 42nd-nationally, dropped a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 decision to Florida's 26th-ranked Greg Ouellette to conclude State's action in the tournament.
Bjelica and the rest of the Bulldog tennis team's next action will come later this week (Oct. 26-29) at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Mississippi State's men's golf team moved up two spots to eighth place on the team leaderboard at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate after turning in a round of 299 in the second round on Monday at the Ironhorse Course of The Vanderbilt Legends Club.
State's round was the fifth-best of the day and the Bulldogs were paced by sophomore Carlos Sainz, Jr.'s even-par score of 72. He rebounded from his opening day round of 80 on Sunday. Logan Young carded a 2-over par round of 74 while Greg Huxman and Matt Fast finished up the scoring for MState with a 76 and 77 respectively. Fast continues to lead the MSU line up in the standings as he heads in to the final round tied for 14th at 4-over par. With his even-par score, Sainz, Jr. leaped from a tie for 65th to 33rd. Young currently stands tied for 27th after 36 holes.
"Carlos (Sainz, Jr.) bounced back today with some consistency after his 80 on Monday," said MSU head coach Clay Homan. "Logan (Young) played well on the front nine with a 33, but did not finish his round real well. Matt (Fast) struggled with the putter today," said Homan.
Ole Miss will take a one-shot advantage over Vanderbilt in to the final round. After the two teams were tied after Sunday's round, the Rebels posted a round of 296 while the Commodores registered a 297. VU's Luke List has the individual clubhouse lead at 3-under par after shooting a 4-under par 68.
MState will conclude the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate on Tuesday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. They will be paired with Tennessee-Chattanooga and Toledo.
Homan also announced a schedule addition to the 2007 slate on Monday. The Bulldogs will compete in the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga. on May 14-15. The event will follow the Southeastern Conference Championship and precede the NCAA East Regional.