Downey named first-team All-SEC

Muldrow also honored

semerson@thestate.comMarch 9, 2010 

Devan Downey was named to the coaches' All-SEC first-team for the third straight year, and he and teammate Sam Muldrow were both named to the league's All-Defense team.

Kentucky freshman John Wall was named the SEC player of the year, although teammate DeMarcus Cousins was named the league's freshman of the year.

In a slight surprise, Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings was named coach of the year, beating out Kentucky's John Calipari and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl.

Downey finished the regular season as the leading scorer in the league, at 22.6 points per game. He also led the league in steals, and is among the national leaders, with 2.77 per game.

Muldrow finished second in the league in blocks-per-game, at 3.07.

The league's All-Defense team only included five players. Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado earned the SEC defensive player of the year.

Downey was one of eight members selected to the coaches' first team, which also included three Kentucky players (Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson). The other selections were Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State), Trey Thompkins (Georgia), Wayne Chism (Tennessee) and Jermaine Beal (Vanderbilt).

The Gamecock senior point guard was also named to the 10-member All-District III team by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The district includes South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Clemson’s Trevor Booker also made the list.

Maryland's Greivis Vasquez was named the District III player of the year, and the Terrapins' Gary Williams was named the coach of the year in the district.

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