Nov. 8, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Basketball had two players named to the Southeastern Conference's 10th annual men's basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams on Friday. Junior guard Jabari Brown was one of eight players named to the SEC's first team, while senior guard Earnest Ross was a second team selection.
Missouri was one of five schools with multiple players represented on the two squads, with the Oakland, Calif., native, Brown, leading the way.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is Mizzou's lone returning starter from last season's 23-11 campaign. Brown averaged 13.7 points and 3.4 rebounds and started the season's final 23 games after becoming eligible following his transfer from the University of Oregon. In SEC play, Brown was Missouri's leading scorer (14.6 ppg) and ranked among league leaders in scoring (7th), free throw percentage (9th - .778) and three-point percentage (6th - .376) in conference games.
Overall the shooting guard topped 20 points five times in SEC action, including a career-high 23 points in wins at South Carolina and in the 2012-13 home finale vs. Arkansas. Missouri was 5-0 when Brown scored 20 points last season and the junior will help lead a new-look Tiger squad that opens regular-season play tonight vs. Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m.
Ross has been spectacular in the early season for the Tigers and enters his final collegiate campaign after averaging 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds as a junior. The 6-foot-5 guard was the SEC's top bench scorer a year ago averaging 11.0 points when coming off the pine. He is also Mizzou's top returning rebounder and double-double producer (three) from 2012-13.
A native of Cary, N.C., Ross is quickly approaching 1,000 career points. He has scored 848 points in his college career and needs just 152 points starting tonight (vs. Southeastern Louisiana) to reach that exclusive scoring milestone.
Brown and Ross are Missouri's second and third all-time representatives on the SEC's preseason teams. Phil Pressey
was Mizzou's lone representative on the preseason coaches teams last year.
Seven different schools are represented on the two teams with Kentucky having five selections while Tennessee had three and Florida, LSU and Missouri each have two selections. 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.
First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford - Alabama, G, 6-0, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Patric Young - Florida, C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Julius Randle - Kentucky, F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Johnny O'Bryant III - LSU, F, 6-9, 256 , Jr. , Cleveland, Miss.
Marshall Henderson - Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jabari Brown - Missouri, G, 6-5, 214, Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jordan McRae - Tennessee, G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
Second Team All-SEC
Scottie Wilbekin - Florida, G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Richmond, Texas
Alex Poythress - Kentucky, F, 6-8, 239, So., Clarksville, Tenn.
James Young - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Anthony Hickey - LSU, G, 5-11, 182, Jr., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Earnest Ross - Missouri, G, 6-5, 228, Sr., Cary, N.C.
Jeronne Maymon - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.
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