Mizzou’s Pressey, Bowers named All-SEC
– Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers were named to the
All-Southeastern Conference Team by the league coaches on Tuesday, with
Pressey earning First Team accolades and Bowers being voted to the
Second Team despite missing five of the first six league games due to
Pressey leads the Southeastern
Conference in assists this season and is on the cusp of breaking his own
school record for single season dimes. Pressey is averaging a
league-best 7.1 assists per game (No. 7 nationally) and has 221 dimes,
needing just three more to surpass his 2011-12 total of
Pressey’s 221 assists are already
ninth in Southeastern Conference history and he is 39 assists shy of the
all-time mark held by Sean Tuohy of Ole Miss in 1979-80. Tuohy is of
course also well-known from to the Movie “The Blind Side” released in
2009. The junior is also just 14 assists short of the single-season top
five in SEC history and Pressey has the most assists for an SEC player
since John Wall dished 241 in 2009-10.
Dallas native is also scoring and rebounding at a career rate this
season. Pressey is third on the club with 11.9 points per game and his
3.4 rebounds per contest better the 3.3 he averaged last
He is already the career record
holder for assists at Missouri with 561 and needs just five steals to
surpass the career mark of 196 held by Anthony
Pressey has topped 20 points in a
game five times this season, including a 27-point, 10-assist
double-double at Kentucky. He also turned in one of the nation’s more
spectacular games at UCLA (Dec. 28) where he broke the school and Pauley
Pavilion records with 19 points and 19 assists vs. the Bruins. The
19-points and 19 assists were the most by a high major college player
since Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) dished 20 in 2000 and it was the
first 19 and 19 game since John Stockton with the Utah Jazz of the NBA
in the 1990-91 season.
Bowers has earned a
pair of awards from the league office over the past two days. In
addition to being named a Second Team all-league performer, the Memphis,
Tenn., native was named to the SEC Community Service Team for his
efforts in the Columbia community and continues to be a shining example
of the all-around student-athlete experience at Mizzou as he nears the
completion of his Master’s degree this spring.
On the hardwood Bowers has definitely made
up for lost time, finishing with three consecutive 20-point efforts in
games against LSU, Arkansas and Tennessee. The forward leads the Tigers
with seven 20-point games this season and is second with a career high
seven double-doubles. He had back-to-back double-doubles down the
stretch vs. LSU and Arkansas and he finished his home career with 24
points and 11 rebounds in a resounding 93-63 Senior Night win over
Arkansas on March 5.
Bowers leads the SEC
in field goal percentage (.558) and ranks seventh in scoring (14.8), No.
13 in rebounding (6.3) and is just outside the Top 10 in blocked
Earlier this season Bowers scored
his 1,000th career point in a win against South Carolina State and was
named the National Player of the Week after a 23-point, 10-rebound
performance in a Bud Light Braggin’ Rights win over No. 10 Illinois in
Bowers is currently 27th
all-time at Mizzou in scoring with 1,222 points and joins Arthur Johnson
as the lone Tigers ever to score 1,000 points and block 150
Missouri Basketball opens play at
the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night against the
winner of the Texas A&M vs. Auburn contest. The Tigers will play
at 9 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas
Erik Murphy, Florida – F/C, 6-10, 238, Sr., South
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – G, 6-5,
205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10,
228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9,
256, So., Cleveland, Miss.
Phil Pressey, Missouri – G, 5-11,
175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-5, 178,
Jr., Midway, Ga.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M – G, 6-5,
209, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 240, Jr.,
Newport News, Va.
BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 180, So, St.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano
^Mike Rosario, Florida – G, 6-3, 183, Sr., Jersey
^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr.,
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 175,
Jr., Hurst, Texas
Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss – F, 6-7, 240, Sr.,
Laurence Bowers, Missouri – F, 6-8, 227, Sr.,
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 270, So.,
Michael Frazier II, Florida – G, 6-4, 200, Fr.,
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Fr.,
^Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244,
Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky – G, 6-4.5, 198,
Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228,
Fr., Everett, Mass.
^Alex Poythress, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 239,
Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G,
6-3, 189, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.
^Gavin Ware, Mississippi State –
F, 6-9, 270, Fr., Starkville, Miss.
Michael Carrera, South
Carolina – F, 6-5, 212, Fr., Anzoátegui,
^Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 185, Jr.,
Kansas City, Mo.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Jr.,
^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr.,
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr.,
Anthony Hickey, LSU – G, 5-11, 178, So.,
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 235,
Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
^-Ties are not
SEC Coach of the
Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of
the Year: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope,
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the
Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of
the Year: Nerlens Noel,
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Kyle
SEC Defensive Player of the
Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky