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March 15, 2010
Associated Press honors Varnado, Bost
Jarvis Varnado added to his already impressive hardware collection on Monday as he was named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press.STARKVILLE, Miss. -Mississippi State senior forward
Also recognized was sophomore point guard Dee Bost, who received honorable mention honors.
Last week, Varnado was named first-team All-SEC by the coaches and was a unanimous selection for SEC Defensive Player of the Year for the third-straight season in addition to making the league's All-Defensive team.
"I'm very appreciative of all the recognition," said the 6-foot-9 senior from Brownsville , Tenn. , Varnado, who is also a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith awards and stands at 12th all-time at MSU with 1,368 points. "I'm just so blessed."
Varnado leads MSU with a 13.6 scoring clip, while his 10.3 rebounds and 163 blocked shots are tops in the SEC. He's also posted a team- and career-high 17 double-doubles, the second most in the league.
He's also the only player in the history of the NCAA to have 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks for a career.
"As great of a player he is, he's a better person," 12th-year coach Rick Stansbury said.
Bost, who set a MSU freshman record a year ago with 156 assists, is averaging 12.8 points, the third-highest output on the team.
He's also dished out 178 assists and ranks ninth all-time in MSU history with 334.
Last week, he was named second-team All-SEC and last year, the Concord , N.C. , native made the SEC All-Freshman team.
Associated Press All-SEC Teams
First Team All-SEC
u-DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky, F, 6-11, Fr.
u-Devan Downey, South Carolina, G, 5-9, Sr.
u-John Wall, Kentucky, G, 6-4, Fr.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State, F-C, 6-9, Sr.
Trey Thompkins, Georgia, F, 6-10, So.
Second Team All-SEC
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky, F, 6-9, Jr.
Chris Warren, Mississippi, G, 5-10, Jr.
Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt, G, 6-3, Sr.
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU, F, 6-7, Sr.
Wayne Chism, Tennessee, F-C, 6-9, Sr.<
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt, G-F, 6-7, So.; A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt, C, 6-11, Jr.; Courtney Fortson, Arkansas, G, 5-11, So.; Dee Bost, Mississippi St., G, 6-2, So.; Mikhail Torrance, Alabama, G, 6-5, Sr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Wall, Kentucky
COACH OF THE YEAR: John Calipari, Kentucky
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: John Wall, Kentucky
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