Auburn duo voted preseason All-SEC by league’s coaches

The following is a press release from Auburn Athletics.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Auburn’s Allen Flanigan and Jabari Smith earned preseason All-SEC honors as voted on by the 14 coaches in the Southeastern Conference, the league announced Tuesday. Flanigan was a First Team selection while Smith made Second Team.

Flanigan, who will miss the beginning of the 2021-22 season due to injury, is coming off a season in which he averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. The junior was the most improved scorer in the SEC last year and scored in double figures in 22 of the team’s 27 games, including six games with 20 or more points.

Flanigan was one three players in the SEC to average at least 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and was the only guard in the league to rank in the top 15 in both points and rebounds per game during conference play.

Smith is the only freshman to be voted All-SEC by the coaches. He was the highest-rated player to sign with Auburn in the history of the program and was the fourth player in program history to make the McDonald’s All-American Team. He was a Naismith First Team All-American and was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Georgia in 2021.

Last week, the 6-foot-10 Smith was named Second Team All-SEC by the media. He was also one of 20 players to make the 2021 Karl Malone Award Watch List.

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad. Auburn was one of six teams with multiple selections.

The 2021-22 campaign begins Nov. 9, with conference play set to begin Dec. 29. The 2022 SEC Tournament will be held March 9-13 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

First Team All-SEC

Jaden Shackelford – Alabama

Jahvon Quinerly – Alabama

JD Notae – Arkansas

Allen Flanigan – Auburn

Colin Castleton – Florida

Sahvir Wheeler – Kentucky

Darius Days – LSU

Iverson Molinar – Mississippi State

John Fulkerson – Tennessee

Scotty Pippen Jr. – Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC

Davonte Davis – Arkansas

Jabari Smith – Auburn

Keion Brooks Jr. – Kentucky

Kellan Grady – Kentucky

Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky

Xavier Pinson – LSU

Garrison Brooks – Mississippi State

Keyshawn Bryant – South Carolina

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