LSU landed two of the nine spots on the All-Southeastern Conference coaches’ first-team basketball squad announced Tuesday in advance of the start of the league tournament on Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sophomore forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey earned first-team honors from the league’s 14 coaches, with the frontcourt duo matching the number of selections from top-ranked and undefeated Kentucky.

Martin and Mickey also were named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association 2014-15 Men's All-District team for District VII, which consists of college teams in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The 6-foot-10 Martin, a Baton Rouge native and former Madison Prep star, ranked third in the conference in scoring and rebounding with 16.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during the regular season that ended Saturday.

Mickey, 6-8, led the league with 9.0 rebounds per game and 3.7 blocked shots a game in addition to ranking fifth in scoring with 16.0 points per contest. Mickey, a preseason first-team All-SEC pick by the coaches, also filled one of the spots on the five-man All-Defensive team.

Martin and Mickey led LSU to a 22-9 regular-season record, helping the Tigers earn the No. 4 seed for the SEC tournament. They received a double-bye and will open play in the quarterfinals on Friday around 2:30 p.m. against Texas A&M, Mississippi State or Auburn.

Kentucky, which finished the regular season 31-0, also placed two forwards on the first team in 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein and 6-11 Karl-Anthony Towns.

The other first-team spots went to Arkansas forward Bobby Portis, the player of the year; Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody; Tennessee guard Josh Richardson; Texas A&M guard Danuel House; and Vanderbilt center Damian Jones.

Jones, a 6-10 sophomore who was also named to the five-man all-defensive team, is a Baton Rouge native and Scotlandville High School graduate.

While Portis was named player of the year after ranking second in scoring with 17.8 points per game and fourth with 8.7 rebounds a game, Kentucky took four of the other five specialty awards handed out.

John Calipari was named coach of the year, Cauley-Stein was defensive player of the year, Towns was the freshman of the year and Devin Booker was the top sixth man in the eyes of the coaches.

Also, LSU senior forward John Odo was named to the SEC’s Community Service Team, which recognizes the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition.

2015 Coaches All-SEC Teams

First team

F Bobby Portis, Arkansas, 6-11, 242, So.

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

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, 6-11, 250, Fr.

F Jarell Martin, LSU, 6-10, 236, So.

F Jordan Mickey, LSU, 6-8, 235, So.

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

G Josh Richardson, Tennessee, 6-6, 200, Sr.

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

C Damian Jones, Vanderbilt, 6-10, 240, So.

Second team

G Levi Randolph, Alabama, 6-5, 210, Sr.

G Michael Qualls, Arkansas, 6-6, 210, Jr.

G KT Harrell, Auburn, 6-4, 212, Sr.

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

F Marcus Thornton, Georgia, 6-8, 235, Sr.

G Devin Booker, Kentucky, 6-6, 206, Fr.

G Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, 6-6, 212, So.

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

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

All-Freshman team

G Anton Beard, Arkansas, 6-0, 190

F Devin Robinson, Florida, 6-8, 178

G Devin Booker, Kentucky, 6-6, 206

F Trey Lyles, Kentucky, 6-10, 235

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, 6-11, 250

G Tyler Ulis, Kentucky, 5-9, 155

G Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 195

G Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt, 6-2, 194

All-Defensive team

F Marcus Thornton, Georgia, 6-8, 235, Sr.

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

F Jordan Mickey, LSU, 6-8, 235, So.

G Josh Richardson, Tennessee, 6-6, 200, Sr.

C Damian Jones, Vanderbilt, 6-10, 240, So.

Specialty awards

Coach of the Year:?John Calipari, Kentucky

Player of the Year:? Bobby Portis, Arkansas

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

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

Sixth Man of the Year: Devin Booker, Kentucky

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

District VII (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana)


Bobby Portis, Arkansas


Scott Drew, Baylor


Kyan Anderson, TCU

Rico Gathers, Baylor

Jarell Martin, LSU

Jordan Mickey, LSU

Bobby Portis, Arkansas

Taurean Prince, Baylor

Michael Qualls, Arkansas

Myles Turner, Texas

Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin

Zeek Woodley, Northwestern State