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November 1, 2007
There's one thing missing from our preseason All-SEC team ? a freshman.
There's a sophomore, two juniors and two seniors. But there's no Oden, Durant, no Beasley.
As a matter of fact, the SEC hasn't had a freshman make either The Associated Press or the coaches' postseason first team since 1990, when Shaquille O'Neal did it for LSU. It's far and away the longest drought of any of the BCS conferences. Each of the other five leagues have had at least one freshman make first-team all-conference since 2003.
It's not like the SEC hasn't lured quality freshmen. Florida has the nation's top-ranked recruiting class this year, according to Rivals.com. Tennessee landed the No. 6 class in 2006. Mississippi State and Alabama had top-10 classes in 2005. But none of the players in those classes has been so good from the opening tip of his college career that he could make first-team All-SEC.
That doesn't figure to change this season. The incoming freshmen, including five-star prospects Anthony Randolph, Nick Calathes and Patrick Patterson, are good, but none is likely to crack this five.
Here is the Rivals.com 2007-08 preseason SEC all-conference team:
Rivals Radio: Bob McClellan previews the SEC with Chris Childers
Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.