It’s looking more and more like the SEC, after a year to forget, is set to return to the national stage in a big way. A procession of future NBA players and SEC stars have announced they will be returning for 2009-10, including Michael Washington, Jarvis Varnado, Patrick Patterson and Tasmin Mitchell. Thus far, the leaugue is only missing out on Nick Calathes among underclassmen after a scare from Florida forward Alex Tyus.
Tyler Smith is the latest to rejoin the talent and experience-rich conference. Smith is probably the most NBA-ready player in the league physically and mentally, as he scored 17.4 ppg, grabbed 5.8 rpg, and was the conference’s best ball-handling big-man at 3.35 apg. Smith is a surprise to return to school, and should be absolute dynamite as a senior. In fact, I’d personally be shocked if he wasn’t selected as preseason SEC Player of the Year.
And for the record, I’m going to hold serve until the NBA draft in the middle of this month before beginning to release the results of my much-anticipated (at least by me) efficiency calculations.