Blog – MSU’s Sword makes All-SEC Second Team

Sword

Sword

Craig Sword didn’t play in the first four games of the season due to having back surgery in October.

The Mississippi State junior guard didn’t score until the eighth game and didn’t score in double digits until the final game in December.

But Sword played well in the second half of the season, well enough to earn him All-Southeastern Conference Second Team honors by the league’s coaches on Tuesday.

“It’s something I wanted to achieve since I came here,” Sword said in a school release. “If it didn’t happen, that would have been OK too. I just go out, play hard and do whatever I can to help my team.”

He’s the first MSU player to be recognized since Dee Bost and Arnett Moultrie were selected to the first team in 2012.

Sword made the SEC All-Freshman team in 2013.

The Montgomery, Ala., native leads the team with 11 points per game and 296 total points this season. He scored 20 or more points five times this season.

He joined the 1,000-point club on Feb. 25. He became the 34th Bulldog player to reach 1,000 career points. Sword also has 144 steals, the ninth most in the MSU basketball history.

Sword’s best play came in conference games, as he averaged 14.4 points – 11th best in the SEC.

“He just means the world to this team because he’s the guy on the perimeter that the other team has to worry about,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said. “He’s at the top of the scouting report. I think he’s done a really good job knowing that all eyes are on him and still coming through each game.”

SEC Honors

First Team All-SEC                                                                          

Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Stefan Moody, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 179, Jr., Kissimmee, Fla.

Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.

Danuel House, Texas A&M – G, 6-7, 207, Jr., Fresno, Texas

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt –C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Second Team All-SEC                                                                    

Levi Randolph, Alabama – G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Madison, Ala.

Michael Qualls, Arkansas – G, 6-6, 210, Jr., Shreveport, La.

KT Harrell, Auburn – G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.

Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida – F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.

Marcus Thornton, Georgia – F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.

Devin Booker, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas

Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 194, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.

Jalen Jones, Texas A&M – G/F, 6-7, 223, Jr., Dallas, Texas

SEC All-Freshman Team                                                               

Anton Beard, Arkansas – G, 6-0, 190, Fr., North Little Rock, Ark.

Devin Robinson, Florida – F, 6-8, 178, Fr., Chesterfield, Va.

Devin Booker, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Trey Lyles, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 235, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – G, 5-9, 155, Fr., Lima, Ohio

Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt – G, 6-3, 195, Fr., Belle Mead, N.J.

Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt – G, 6-2, 194, Fr., Brookfield, Wisc.

SEC All-Defensive Team                                                              

Marcus Thornton, Georgia – F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt –C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

SEC Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky

SEC Player of the Year:  Bobby Portis, Arkansas

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Levi Randolph, Alabama

SEC Freshman of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky

SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Devin Booker, Kentucky

SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

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