USC’s Keyshawn Bryant earns preseason All-SEC honors from conference coaches

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South Carolina senior forward Keyshawn Bryant earned preseason second team All-SEC honors in a coach’s poll released by the conference on Tuesday.

The athletic 6-foot-6 forward is coming off his best season with Frank Martin’s Gamecocks, serving as a consistent bright spot on a 6-15 USC team that struggled with COVID-19 shutdowns.

Though primarily playing off the bench as Martin’s go-to sixth man, Bryant averaged 27 minutes in his 18 games and is the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder at 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Bryant elevated his game in SEC play last year, averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, while also showing an improved mid-range jumper to go along with his high-flying dunking ability. Martin praised Bryant’s emergence as a leader late in the season, and Bryant should serve as a key scorer on this year’s revamped Gamecocks squad.

SEC Coaches Preseason Teams

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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