There is no doubt to anyone who watched Mississippi State basketball this season that Arnett Moultrie and Dee Bost are the catalyst for this year’s squad.
On Tuesday, the duo received their first of what could be many postseason honors as they were named to the first team All-Southesatern Conference as voted on by the league coaches.
While Bost and Moultrie are very deserving of their honors, they weren’t the only ones recognized. Freshman forward Rodney Hood chosen to the league’s All-Freshman team.
"All three are very deserving," MSU coach Rick Stansbury said in a release on Tuesday. "These are three guys that always stay after practice to put in the extra work, and it's paid off for them."
Moultrie and Bost were also selected first-team All-SEC by CollegeHoops.net and Blue Ribbon, while Moultrie was voted to the Basketball Writer's Association All-District team.
"I'm really happy for Dee and Rodney," Moultrie said. "Being All-SEC is something you definitely work for."
Moultrie, who received the C Spire Howell Trophy on Monday, leads Mississippi State in scoring with 16.1 points per game to go with his league best 18 double-doubles.
Bost is fifth in the league in scoring averaging 15.8 points per outing and leads the league with 164 assists.
"It's a great honor, and it means a lot," Bost said. "To be recognized like that is special."
As a freshman, Hood has made his presence known for the Bulldogs. He started the first 28 games before suffering a bruised left knee against Kentucky. He's 27th in the SEC in scoring (10.5), while his 315 points rank 10th all-time in the MSU freshman record books. In addition, his 44 made 3s are tied for the fifth most all-time while his 117 attempts are fourth.
"I'm speechless," the Meridian native said. "Wow. It's a great, great honor. I feel like I've worked really hard since I got here. It's a great honor because there are a lot of great freshmen in the SEC."
The Bulldogs are off to New Orleans, La., for the SEC Tournament where they meet the Georgia Bulldogs in first-round action.