Mississippi State senior Craig Sword was named preseason second-team All-SEC on Thursday.STARKVILLE — Mississippi State expects to have one of the best backcourts in the Southeastern Conference this year with Craig Sword returning and the addition of Malik Newman. The league’s coaches agreed Thursday.Newman and Sword received preseason second-team All-SEC honors as selected by the coaches.Sword, who was named second-team All-SEC last season, led the Bulldogs with 11.3 points per game last year. As a freshman, Sword received SEC all-freshman honors.Newman added the coaches pick to the second-team All-SEC selection made by the Associated Press in October. The recognition comes before he steps on the court in a collegiate game. The freshman was a McDonalds All-American and rated as one of the top high school guards in the country.“It’s such an honor,” Newman said in a release. “There’s a lot of great names on that list, and I look forward to competing against them this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”MSU’s talent at guard doesn’t stop at Newman and SwordMississippi State plays its first game under coach Ben Howland on. Friday against Eastern Washington at 8 p.m. The home game will be televised on the SEC Network.First Team All-SECDorian Finney-Smith – Florida, F, 6-8, 220, Sr., Portsmouth, Va.Kenny Gaines – Georgia, G, 6-3, 205, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.Skal Labissiere – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 225, Fr., Port-au-Prince, HaitiTyler Ulis – Kentucky, G, 5-9, 160, So., ChicagoBen Simmons – LSU, F, 6-10, 225, Fr., Melbourne, Australia,Stefan Moody – Ole Miss, G, 5-10, 179, Sr., Kissimmee, Fla.Danuel House – Texas A&M, G, 6-7, 212, Sr., Fresno, Texas,Damian Jones – Vanderbilt, C, 7-0, 245, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.Second Team All-SECJamal Murray – Kentucky, G, 6-4, 207, Fr., Kitchener, OntarioAlex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Clarksville, Tenn.Tim Quarterman – LSU, G, 6-6, 190, Jr., Savannah, Ga.Malik Newman – Mississippi State, G, 6-3, 178, Fr., Jackson, Miss.Craig Sword – Mississippi State, G, 6-3, 196, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Lancaster, S.C.Alex Caruso – Texas A&M, G, 6-5, 186, Sr., College Station, TexasRiley LaChance – Vanderbilt, G, 6-2, 182, So., Brookfield, Wis.