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Nov. 2, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference unveiled its sixth annual men’s basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Monday, tipping off another great season of SEC men’s basketball. South Carolina senior point guard Devan Downey was a unanimous selection to the first team, while senior forward Dominique Archie was named to the second team.

Downey, the SEC’s top returning scorer from a year ago, and Archie are two of five seniors on the 2009-10 Gamecock squad. Downey contributed 19.8 points, 4.5 assists and an SEC best 2.9 steals per game last season, while Archie added 10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

Twenty-seven different players received votes for the teams and Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee led all schools with two selections each. Six of the eight first team selections were unanimous picks. South Carolina’s Downey, LSU’s Tasmin Mitchell, Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson, Tennessee’s Tyler Smith, Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado and Ole Miss’ Terrico White were each unanimous picks.

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 2010 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Pos Ht Wt Cl Hometown
Devan Downey, South Carolina# G 5-9 175 Sr. Chester, S.C.
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU# F 6-7 235 Sr. Denham Springs, La.
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt C 6-11 250 Jr. Sydney, Australia
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky# F 6-9 235 Jr. Huntington, W.Va.
Tyler Smith, Tennessee# G/F 6-7 215 Sr. Pulaski, Tenn.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State# F 6-9 230 Sr. Brownsville, Tenn.
Michael Washington, Arkansas F 6-9 239 Sr. McGehee, Ark.
Terrico White, Ole Miss# G 6-5 211 So. Memphis, Tenn.
Dominique Archie, South Carolina F 6-7 200 Sr. Augusta, Ga.
Wayne Chism, Tennessee F/C 6-9 246 Sr. Jackson, Tenn.
JaMychal Green, Alabama F 6-9 220 So. Montgomery, Ala.
DeWayne Reed, Auburn G 6-1 175 Sr. Houston, Texas
Trey Thompkins, Georgia F 6-10 247 So. Lithonia, Ga.
Alex Tyus, Florida F 6-8 220 Jr. St. Louis, Mo.
John Wall, Kentucky G 6-4 195 Fr. Raleigh, N.C.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss G 5-10 165 Jr. Orlando, Fla.

#-Unanimous Selection
Ties are not broken