FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –- Forward Michael Washington has been named to the Southeastern Conference’s pre-season all-conference team selected by the league’s coaches, the conference announced on Monday.
Washington, a 6-9, 239-pound junior from McGehee, Ark., averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds as a sophomore, and 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds as a freshman.
Last year, he played just more than 13 minutes a game, sharing time with seniors Steven Hill, Darian Townes, Charles Thomas and Vincent Hunter. Even in limited time, he still claimed 62 offensive rebounds, which was second on the team only to Townes, who had 77.
He started nine times last year and had highs of 16 points once and 12 rebounds twice.
Washington is on the pre-season second team along with Alabama’s Alonzo Gee and Ronald Steele, Auburn’s Korvotney Barber, Tennessee’s Wayne Chism and J.P. Prince, Georgia’s Terrance Woodbury, LSU’s Chris Johnson, Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks and South Carolina’s Dominque Archie.
The first team consists of Florida’s Nick Calathes, LSU’s Tasmin Mitchell and Marcus Thornton, Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson, Ole Miss’ Chris Warren, Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado, South Carolina’s Devan Downey, Tennessee’s Tyler Smith and Vanderbilt’s A.J. Ogilvy.
The SEC selects an eight-player first and second team, and ties are not broken.
SEC Coaches Pre-Season Teams
FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Pos HtWt ClHometown
Nick Calathes, Florida G/F6-6 194 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 G6-4 205 Sr.Baton Ruge, La.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss G5-10160 So. Orlando, Fla.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State F/C6-9 210 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# C6-11 250 So. Sydney, Australia
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC Pos HtWtCl Hometown
Alonzo Gee, Alabama G 6-6 219 Sr. Palm Beach, Fla.
Ronald Steele, Alabama G 6-1 191 Sr. Birmingham, Ala.
Michael Washington, ArkansasF/C 6-9 239 Jr. McGehee, Ark.
Korvotney Barber, Auburn F6-7 225 Sr. Manchester, Ga.
Terrance Woodbury, Georgia G/F6-7 220 Sr. Virginia Beach, Va.
Chris Johnson, LSU C6-11210 Sr.Montross, Va.
Jodie Meeks, Kentucky –6-4 208Jr.Norcross, Ga.
Dominque Archie, South CarolinaF6-7 200 Jr.Augusta, Ga.
Wayne Chism, Tennessee F 6-9 242 Jr.Jackson, Tenn.
J.P. Prince, Tennessee G6-7 205Jr.Memphis, Tenn.
#-Unanimous Selection Ties are not broken