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March 15, 2010

Associated Press honors Varnado, Bost

STARKVILLE, Miss. -Mississippi State senior forward Jarvis Varnado added to his already impressive hardware collection on Monday as he was named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press.

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.<

Honorable Mention

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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