Nov. 12, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference unveiled its 12th annual men’s basketball coaches preseason All-SEC teams on Thursday, where it was announced that South Carolina junior guard Sindarius Thornwell was named to the second team. It marks the second-straight season that Thornwell has garnered second-team preseason honors from the coaches.
Thornwell scored 11.1 points per game last season, while he also pulled down a career high 4.9 rebounds and collected 1.3 steals per game. Thornwell posted a team-high 23 double-figure scoring games as a sophomore, while also leading the team in scoring 10 times. He was named the Jan. 5 SEC Player of the Week following an outstanding performance in the Gamecocks’ upset victory over No. 9 Iowa State, and earned SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades last spring.
Nine different schools are represented on the two teams and in all, 37 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.
Thornwell and the Gamecocks officially tip off the 2015-16 campaign on Saturday when they host Norfolk State at Colonial Life Arena. Game time for the matchup, which is part of the Paradise Jam, is set for 7 p.m. ET. Fans who bring their game ticket from the Carolina football game versus Florida earlier in the day on Saturday will receive free admission to the Carolina basketball game that evening.
A list of the 2016 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows:
First Team All-SEC
Dorian Finney-Smith ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Florida, F, 6-8, 220, Sr., Portsmouth, Va.
Kenny Gaines ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Georgia, G, 6-3, 205, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Charles Mann ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Skal Labissiere ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Kentucky, F, 6-11, 225, Fr., Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tyler Ulis ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Kentucky, G, 5-9, 160, So., Chicago, Ill.
Ben Simmons ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” LSU, F, 6-10, 225, Fr., Melbourne, Australia,
Stefan Moody ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Ole Miss, G, 5-10, 179, Sr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Danuel House ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Texas A&M, G, 6-7, 212, Sr., Fresno, Texas,
Damian Jones ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Vanderbilt, C, 7-0, 245, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.
Second Team All-SEC
Jamal Murray ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Kentucky, G, 6-4, 207, Fr., Kitchener, Ontario
Alex Poythress ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Kentucky, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Tim Quarterman ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” LSU, G, 6-6, 190, Jr., Savannah, Ga.
Malik Newman ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Mississippi State, G, 6-3, 178, Fr., Jackson, Miss.
Craig Sword ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Mississippi State, G, 6-3, 196, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Sindarius Thornwell ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” South Carolina, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Lancaster, S.C.
Alex Caruso ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Texas A&M, G, 6-5, 186, Sr., College Station, Texas
Riley LaChance ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Vanderbilt, G, 6-2, 182, So., Brookfield, Wis.