Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kentucky Picked to Win Southeastern Conference, Four Players Named Preseason All-SEC

The Kentucky Wildcats have been picked by the media to win the Southeastern Conference in 2016-17. 

UK's Bam Adebayo and De'Aaron Fox made the league's preseason All-SEC First Team.

Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Monk were named to the Second Team.

Here's a release from the league:

Birmingham, Ala. - Kentucky was predicted to win the 2017 Southeastern Conference men's basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

The Wildcats are the overall preseason favorite for the 12th time since the 1998‐99 season. Arkansas senior forward Moses Kingsley was the choice of the media for SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year.

Georgia's J.J. Frazier & Yante Maten; Kentucky's Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, Isaiah Briscoe, De'Aaron Fox & Malik Monk; and Texas A&M's Tyler Davis also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Kingsley, Frazier, Adebayo, Fox and Davis were each All‐SEC First Team selections. Maten, Briscoe and Monk were second team picks along with Florida's KeVaughn Allen, LSU's Antonio Blakeney, Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon and Vanderbilt's Luke Kornet.

Points were compiled on a 14‐13‐12‐11‐10‐9‐8‐7‐6‐5‐4‐3‐2‐1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five‐player All‐SEC Team. Ties were not broken.

The 2016‐17 campaign begins November 11, with conference play set to begin December 29. The 2017 SEC Tournament will be March 8‐12 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Preseason Media Poll

Kentucky
Florida
Texas A&M
Georgia
Arkansas
Vanderbilt
Alabama
South Carolina
Ole Miss
Mississippi State
Auburn
LSU
Tennessee
Missouri

First Team All‐SEC

Moses Kingsley - Arkansas, F, 6‐10, 230, Sr., Abuja, Nigeria
J.J. Frazier - Georgia, G, 5‐10, 155, Sr., Glennville, Ga.
Edrice "Bam" Adebayo - Kentucky, F, 6‐10, 260, Fr., Little Washington, N.C.
De'Aaron Fox - Kentucky, G, 6‐3, 187, Fr., Houston, Texas
Tyler Davis - Texas A&M, C, 6‐10, 270, So., Plano, Texas

Second Team All‐SEC

KeVaughn Allen - Florida, G, 6‐2, 183, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Yante Maten - Georgia, F, 6‐8, 240, Jr., Pontiac, Mich.
Isaiah Briscoe - Kentucky, G, 6‐3, 210, So., Newark, N.J.
Malik Monk - Kentucky, G, 6‐3, 200, Fr., Lepanto, Ark.
Antonio Blakeney - LSU, G, 6‐4, 190, So., Sarasota, Fla.
Quinndary Weatherspoon - Mississippi State, G, 6‐4, 202, So., Canton, Miss.
Luke Kornet - Vanderbilt, F, 7‐1, 250, Sr., Lantana, Texas

SEC Player of the Year: Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

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