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Nov. 3, 2008

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference unveiled its fifth annual men’s basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Monday. South Carolina point guard Devan Downey was selected to the first team, and Gamecock forward Dominique Archie was named to the second team.

A First-Team All-SEC pick last season, Downey recorded 18.4 points, 5.4 assists and an SEC record-setting 3.2 steals per contest a year ago. He looks to lead a fast-paced Gamecock attack under first-year head coach Darrin Horn on the court this year.

Archie posted 10.6 and 5.7 rebounds in 31.5 minutes per contest last season. He scored in double-digits 19 times a year ago, including a season-high 20 points against both Southern California and Ole Miss. A veteran member of the squad, Archie has started all 62 games of his South Carolina career.

Thirty-two different players received votes for the teams, and LSU and Tennessee led all schools with three selections each. Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson and Vanderbilt’s A.J. Ogilvy were the only unanimous first-team selections.

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.

A list of the 2009 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Pos Ht Wt Cl Hometown
Nick Calathes, Florida G/F 6-6 194 So. Casselberry, Fla.
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky# 6-9 235 So. Huntington, W.Va.
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU F 6-7 240 Jr. Denham Springs, La.
Marcus Thornton, LSU G 6-4 205 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss G 5-10 160 So. Orlando, Fla.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State F/C 6-9 210 Jr. Brownsville, Tenn.
Devan Downey, South Carolina G 5-9 175 Jr. Chester, S.C.
Tyler Smith, Tennessee F 6-7 215 Jr. Pulaski, Tenn.
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt# C 6-11 250 So. Sydney, Australia
Alonzo Gee, Alabama G 6-6 219 Sr. Palm Beach, Fla.
Ronald Steele, Alabama G 6-1 191 Sr. Birmingham, Ala.
Michael Washington, Arkansas F/C 6-9 239 Jr. McGehee, Ark.
Korvotney Barber, Auburn F 6-7 225 Sr. Manchester, Ga.
Terrance Woodbury, Georgia G/F 6-7 221 Sr. Virginia Beach, Va.
Chris Johnson, LSU C 6-11 210 Sr. Montross, Va.
Jodie Meeks, Kentucky 6-4 208 Jr. Norcross, Ga.
Dominque Archie, South Carolina F 6-7 200 Jr. Augusta, Ga.
Wayne Chism, Tennessee F 6-9 242 Jr. Jackson, Tenn.
J.P. Prince, Tennessee G 6-7 205 Jr. Memphis, Tenn.

#-Unanimous Selection
Ties are not broken