Vanderbilt may have lost its All-SEC performers from the 2015-16 season. Fortunately, the Commodores have two more waiting in the wings.
The league announced its preseason honors on Thursday. Center Luke Kornet and guard/forward Matthew Fisher-Davis earned second-team all-conference honors from the SEC’s coaches.
Kornet, now listed at 7’1 and expected to be 7’4 by March, will be asked to play more in the paint this winter after the departure of All-SEC center Damian Jones last spring. Kornet set career highs with 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and three blocks per game in a breakout junior year. He’ll be the team’s go-to big man in 2016-17.
Fisher-Davis is a sharpshooting wing who may be the team’s best three-point specialist since John Jenkins called Memorial Gym home. He made 44.6 percent of his threes as a sophomore last season while averaging 9.7 points per game. He’ll be expected to play a greater role in this team’s offense and will need to flesh out his scoring inside the arc after making only 39% of his two-pointers last season.
Jeff Roberson, a forward who can play and guard either position, was snubbed by the league’s coaches. Roberson is one of the most important players on Bryce Drew’s team thanks to his versatility and shooting. He drained 43.5 percent of his three last winter while averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. His presence on the court gives the ‘Dores an extra edge, and while he may not have earned consideration in the preseason, he seems like a safe bet to wind up on the coaches’ roster this spring.
Here’s the list in full, per the Southeastern Conference’s official site:
First Team All-SEC
Moses Kingsley - Arkansas, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., Abuja, Nigeria
J.J. Frazier - Georgia, G, 5-10, 155, Sr., Glennville, Ga.
Yante Maten - Georgia, F, 6-8, 240, Jr., Pontiac, Mich.
Edrice "Bam" Adebayo - Kentucky, F, 6-10, 260, Fr., Little Washington, N.C.
De'Aaron Fox - Kentucky, G, 6-3, 187, Fr., Houston, Texas
Quinndary Weatherspoon - Mississippi State, G, 6-4, 202, So., Canton, Miss.
Sindarius Thornwell - South Carolina, G, 6-5, 211, Sr., Lancaster, S.C.
Tyler Davis - Texas A&M, C, 6-10, 270, So., Plano, Texas
Second Team All-SEC
Dusty Hannahs - Arkansas, G, 6-3, 210, R-Sr., Little Rock, Ark.
KeVaughn Allen - Florida, G, 6-2, 183, So., Little Rock, Ark.
John Egbunu - Florida, C, 6-11, 255, R-Jr., Bauchi, Nigeria
Isaiah Briscoe - Kentucky, G, 6-3, 210, So., Newark, N.J.
Malik Monk - Kentucky, G, 6-3, 200, Fr., Lepanto, Ark.
Antonio Blakeney - LSU, G, 6-4, 190, So., Sarasota, Fla.
Sebastian Saiz - Ole Miss, F, 6-9, 240, Sr., Madrid, Spain
Matthew Fisher-Davis - Vanderbilt, G/F, 6-5, 185, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.
Luke Kornet - Vanderbilt, F, 7-1, 250, Sr., Lantana, Texas