USC’s Lawson Named To Media’s Preseason All-SEC Second Team

USC’s Lawson Named To Media’s Preseason All-SEC Second Team
South Carolina's A.J. Lawson drops off two points against Arkansas during second-half action in Columbia, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA) (Source: Travis Bell)

COLUMBIA, S.C. - University of South Carolina junior guard AJ Lawson was named to the Preseason All-SEC Second Team by the media, the league office announced on Thursday. Lawson, one of the SEC’s most explosive offensive players, is Carolina’s top returning scorer after pacing the team with 13.4 points per game last season.

The junior from Toronto had 23 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point outings. He had 10 games with three or more assists, dishing out an average of 1.9 per game. Lawson, who is just 196 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career, matched his career high with eight made field goals five times last season. In league games, he averaged 11.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists and had 13 double-figure scoring games. His top performance in SEC action last season came in Carolina’s road win at Georgia, as he scored 20 behind seven makes from the field, while also dishing out two assists with three steals.

South Carolina continues preseason practice prior to its Nov. 25 exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena. Details on the exhibition will be released soon.

Tennessee was predicted to win the 2021 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

The Volunteers are the overall preseason favorite for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Florida junior forward Keyontae Johnson was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Alabama’s John Petty Jr., Kentucky’s Brandon Boston Jr. & Olivier Sarr, LSU’s Trendon Watford and Tennessee’s John Fulkerson & Yves Pons also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Petty, Johnson, Boston, Watford and Fulkerson were each All-SEC First Team selections. Sarr and Pons were second team picks along with LSU’s Javonte Smart, Missouri’s Dru Smith, South Carolina’s AJ Lawson and Texas A&M’s Savion Flagg were second team picks.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team. Ties were not broken.

South Carolina continues preseason practice prior to its Nov. 25 exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena. Details on the exhibition will be released soon.

First Team All-SEC

John Petty Jr. – Alabama

Keyontae Johnson – Florida

Brandon Boston Jr. – Kentucky

Trendon Watford – LSU

John Fulkerson – Tennessee

Second Team All-SEC

Olivier Sarr – Kentucky

Javonte Smart – LSU

Dru Smith – Missouri

AJ Lawson – South Carolina

Yves Pons – Tennessee

Savion Flagg – Texas A&M

SEC Player of the Year

Keyontae Johnson – Florida

Preseason Media Poll

1. Tennessee

2. Kentucky

3. LSU

4. Florida

5. Alabama

6. Arkansas

7. Auburn

8. South Carolina

9. Ole Miss

10. Missouri

11. Texas A&M

12. Mississippi State

13. Georgia

14. Vanderbilt