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November 1, 2006

Rivals.com Preseason All-SEC Team

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Declaring a preseason All-SEC team didn't require much research.

All we had to do was look at our All-America selections.

Each of the five first-team representatives on the All-SEC basketball team also earned Rivals.com preseason All-America honors.

In fact, our first-team All-America squad included three SEC players: Alabama point guard Ronald Steele, LSU forward/center Glen Davis and Florida forward/center Joakim Noah.

Florida forward Al Horford was a second-team All-American. Tennessee guard Chris Lofton made our third team.

The Gators return all five starters from last year's national championship team, so it's no surprise that they dominate our all-SEC squads. A pair of Gators appear on the first team, and two more made it on the second team.

Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-SEC First Team
G Chris Lofton, Tennessee, Jr., 6-2, 200
The third-year starter is arguably the most dangerous shooter in the nation now that Duke's J.J. Redick has taken his act to the NBA. Lofton broke a single-season school record by making 114 shots from 3-point range last year. He has shot 44.9 percent from 3-point range in his career and has the confidence to shoot from just about anywhere on the floor. He also is just about automatic from the free-throw line - he made 91.7 percent of his foul shots last year.
G Ronald Steele, Alabama, Jr., 6-3, 185
The Rivals.com preseason first-team All-America selection has established himself as one of the nation's top point guards. He showed his talents early - collecting a school-record 18 assists without a single turnover in a victory over East Tennessee State as a freshman. He averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 assists per game last season. If you believe in the theory that the team with the best point guard will win this frontcourt-dominated conference, then you have to like Alabama's chances of capturing the title.
F Al Horford, Florida, Jr., 6-10, 245
Although he often was overshadowed by teammate Joakim Noah during the Gators' run to the national title, Horford led Florida with 7.6 rebounds per game. He averaged a double-double during the NCAA Tournament. Horford averaged 11.3 points per game last year and scored in double figures 26 times, but he contributes even more on the other end of the floor with his rebounding and shot-blocking skills.
F/C Joakim Noah, Florida, Jr., 6-11, 232
The Final Four MVP played so well in last year's NCAA Tournament that he probably could have been the top pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Noah instead returned to school in an attempt to help the Gators win their second consecutive national title. Noah's presence is a major reason why Florida will open the season as the top-ranked team in the nation. He set an NCAA Tournament record with 29 blocked shots last year including six in the championship game. Noah also averaged 7.1 rebounds per game and a team-high 14.2 points per game last year as arguably the nation's most improved player.
F/C Glen Davis, LSU, Jr., 6-9, 289
Big Baby isn't quite as big as he used to be. When he tipped the scales at 347 pounds after last season, Davis decided to shed weight. He has dropped nearly 60 pounds. Davis hopes the weight loss will allow him to increase his stamina while remaining the SEC's most physical presence. Davis averaged 18.6 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game last year to become just the fourth player since 1965 to lead the league in scoring and rebounding. Davis was named the SEC freshman of the year in 2004-05 before earning SEC player of the year honors last season. If he keeps up that rapid rate of improvement, Davis may soon add a Final Four MVP award to his trophy collection.
Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-SEC Second Team
G Taurean Green, Florida, Jr., 6-0, 177
G/F Shan Foster, Vanderbilt, Jr., 6-6, 200
F Corey Brewer, Florida, Jr., 6-9, 185
F/C Charles Rhodes, Mississippi State, Jr., 6-8, 240
F/C Jermareo Davidson, Alabama, Sr., 6-10, 230
Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-Freshman Team
G Patrick Beverley, Arkansas, 6-1, 172
G Jodie Meeks, Kentucky, 6-5, 206
G Ramar Smith, Tennessee, 6-2, 200
F Dominique Archie, South Carolina, 6-7, 204
F Wayne Chism, Tennessee, 6-9, 245

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