SEC Basketball Media Days have gotten underway in Charlotte and the media has made their pick for who will win the conference this year. And they’re rolling with the Kentucky Wildcats.
The Wildcats lost a number of players from last year’s team, including three lottery picks in De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo. But John Calipari and company brought in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, led by 5-star freshman Kevin Knox.
The Florida Gators, who advanced to the Elite Eight last year under Mike White, were picked to finish second in the conference. The South Carolina Gamecocks, who made it all the way to the Final Four, were picked to finish 11th. Texas A&M, who didn’t even make the NCAA Tournament, was picked to finish third.
Preseason Media Poll
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- South Carolina
- Mississippi State
As for the Player of the Year vote, there was a three-way tie between Georgia’s Yante Maten, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., and Texas A&M’s Robert Williams. All three players were named First Team All-SEC, along with Florida’s KeVaughn Allen and Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo. Porter Jr. was the No. 1 player in the country and will be playing for first year coach Cunozo Martin, who came over from Cal.
Below you can find the first and second team preseason All-SEC teams.
KeVaughn Allen – Florida, G, 6-2, 193, Jr., Little Rock, Ark.
Yante Maten – Georgia, F, 6-8, 243, Sr., Pontiac, Mich.
Hamidou Diallo – Kentucky, G, 6-5, 198, R-Fr., Queens, N.Y.
Michael Porter, Jr. – Missouri, F, 6-10, 215, Fr., Columbia, Mo.
Robert Williams – Texas A&M, F, 6-10, 241, So., Oil City, La.
Collin Sexton – Alabama, G, 6-3, 190, Fr., Mableton, Ga.
Kevin Knox – Kentucky, F, 6-9, 215, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Terence Davis – Ole Miss, G, 6-4, 201, Jr., Southaven, Miss.
Deandre Burnett – Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 192, Sr., Miami Gardens, Fla.
Quinndary Weatherspoon – Mississippi St., G, 6-4, 205, Jr., Canton, Miss.
Tyler Davis – Texas A&M, C, 6-10, 266, Jr., Plano, Texas
Matthew Fisher-Davis – Vanderbilt, G/F, 6-5, 186, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.