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The Ole Miss Rebels landed two players on the coaches' all-SEC squad - guard Marshall Henderson and forward Murphy Holloway - but both were named second team players.
Murphy Holloway led the SEC in rebounds with 9.6 boards per game, and was a reliable double-double from his forward position. He was instrumental in many, if not most, of Ole Miss' wins this season. But he was not chosen in favor of Kentucky's Nerlens Noel (who, in spite of his injury, deserves such recognition), Forida's Erik Murphy, and LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III. Considering that, it is not too surprising that Murph was relegated to second team honors. He's a great basketballer, but so are the aforementioned.
Henderson's snub though makes somewhat less sense.
Marshall Henderson, despite leading the SEC in scoring at 19.7 points per game, was chosen to the second team of the conference after Alabama's Trevor Releford, Texas A&M's Elston Turner, Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Mizzou's Phil Pressey, and Tennessee's Jordan McRae. Now, I can easily see KCP, Pressey, and Turner as getting in over Henderson, but I'm not buying that Marshall's the 7th most valuable guard in the Southeastern Conference.
Perhaps SEC coaches literally do not like him. That's something to consider, and it's that would not at all be surprising.
So what say you? Does Marshall Henderson deserve first team honors? Murphy Holloway? Both?
[Oh, and before I forget, Reggie Buckner was named to the SEC's All-Defense team and Andy Kennedy - no, not Randy - was named the SEC Coach of the Year by NBCSports.com. I'm sure that doesn't make the "should we fire Kennedy" discussion any clearer.]