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Powell, Clarke Preseason All-SEC

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Powell, Clarke Preseason All-SEC

FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore forward Marshawn Powell and junior guard Rotnei Clarke were each named to the Southeastern Conference coaches’ All-SEC teams on Wednesday afternoon by the league office in Birmingham, Ala.

Powell was named to the coaches’ first team, while Clarke garnered second-team accolades in the seventh annual SEC Coaches’ Preseason poll. The two Razorbacks matched four other schools for number of players on the All-SEC squads while Florida led all schools with four players on the two teams. A total of 29 student-athletes from across the league received votes for the 16 positions on the first and second teams.

"These preseason awards are a product of the hard work that these young men have had over the last couple of years," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "These particular awards give you an idea of how the other coaches in this league feel and respect their abilities. I hope that as a team we can perform at a level that will give us an opportunity to receive postseason awards."

Powell led the Razorbacks in shooting percentage (50.0) and rebounding (6.7) a year ago and was one of four unanimous selections, and the only returning, to the SEC All-Freshman team. The Newport News, Va., native is the only underclassmen to be named to the first team and one of just three underclassmen on either team.

Clarke ranked ninth in the nation in three-point baskets per game (3.2) and three-point percentage (42.7) in 2009-10 and has been widely regarded as the best shooter in the SEC and the nation. The Verdigris, Okla., native picks up his first preseason all-conference honor by the league in what was a guard dominated second team with seven of the eight players playing in the backcourt.

The Razorbacks host their first exhibition game of the 2010-11 season on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena against the LeMoyne-Owen College Magicians.



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