League coaches tab Noel, Poythress preseason All-SEC

On opening day of the 2012-13 college basketball season, freshmen Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress were voted to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams by the league’s coaches.

Noel, the top-ranked player in the 2012 high school class, was one of eight first-team selections. Poythress, another key player in John Calipari’s No. 1 recruiting class, made the second team. The media also placed Noel on the first team and Poythress on the second team a couple weeks ago.

Noel, a high school Parade All-American, averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in UK’s two exhibition wins. Poythress tallied 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent in the victories.

Both will open their season Friday night against Maryland in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Stay tuned for a scouting report of Friday’s game, a live blog from the Barclays Center and postgame coverage.

All-SEC first team

Trevor Releford — Alabama
BJ Young — Arkansas
Kenny Boynton — Florida
Patric Young — Florida
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — Georgia
Nerlens Noel — Kentucky 
Phil Pressey — Missouri
Jeronne Maymon — Tennessee

All-SEC second team

Marshawn Powell — Arkansas
Alex Poythress — Kentucky
Johnny O’Bryant III — LSU
Reginald Buckner — Ole Miss
Murphy Holloway — Ole Miss
Michael Dixon, Jr. — Missouri
Jarnell Stokes — Tennessee
Elston Turner — Texas A&M