Vols' Golden, Maymon, Stokes Make Coaches' All-SEC Team

Friday, November 09, 2012 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its men’s basketball coaches’ preseason All-SEC teams Friday, and they included an SEC-high three players from Tennessee. Jeronne Maymon was a first-team selection, while Trae Golden and Jarnell Stokes both landed on the second team.

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches. No ties were broken, and no predicted order of finish was made. Ten different schools are represented on the two teams. Tennessee leads the way with three selections, while Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky have two selections each. In all, 36 different players received votes for the coaches’ teams.

Maymon was a second-team All-SEC performer (AP, Coaches) last season after averaging 12.7 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds while shooting .558 from the field. In SEC play, the Madison, Wis., native led the team in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and steals. He also recorded nine double-doubles on the year and led Tennessee with 18 charges drawn.

Maymon is currently sidelined with a knee injury, and UT head coach Cuonzo Martin said recently that the senior will likely miss at least the entire month of November.

This is the first career All-SEC mention for Golden, a junior from Powder Springs, Ga. The savvy point guard led Tennessee in scoring (13.6 ppg), assists (4.5 apg; fourth in the SEC), free-throw percentage (.828) and minutes played (32.0 mpg) last season while starting 33 of the team’s 34 games. He recorded at least five assists in 17 different games as a sophomore and was named the SEC’s Most Improved Player by ESPN.com’s Jason King.

Stokes, a sophomore forward from Memphis, Tenn., was recently a first-team selection on the media’s preseason All-SEC squad – even receiving votes for SEC Player of the Year. But the league’s coaches on Friday placed him on their second team.

This honor adds to Stokes’ impressive preseason honors haul that is only expected to grow even larger. He also has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50, and he appeared at No. 25 on a list of the “top 100 players in college basketball” by a panel of experts at CBSsports.com.

After graduating high school early and joining the Vols mid-season last year, Stokes averaged 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting .534 from the field.

Tennessee opens the 2012-13 season Friday night when it hosts Kennesaw State at Thompson-Boling Arena (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports South).

2012-13 COACHES’ PRESEASON ALL-SEC TEAM

First-Team

Trevor Releford, Alabama

BJ Young, Arkansas

Kenny Boynton, Florida

Patric Young, Florida

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

Phil Pressey, Missouri

Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee

Second Team

Marshawn Powell, Arkansas

Alex Poythress, Kentucky

Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU

Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss

Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss

Trae Golden, Tennessee

Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

Elston Turner, Texas A&M

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


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