During the SEC media days, the yearly preseason votes of who would win what took place yet again. This year, to no ones surprise, the Kentucky Wildcats are projected to win the SEC. They took 21 of the 27 first place votes, making it a landslide decision. The other votes went out to Florida, who received five votes, and Tennessee, who received one vote. The surprise of the afternoon came when Kentucky’s freshman power forward Julius Randle was named preseason SEC player of the year, receiving 11 total votes. The other votes went to Tennessee’s Jordan McRae (five votes), LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III (three votes), Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes (three votes), Florida’s Patric Young (two votes), Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson (one vote), and Alabama’s Trevor Releford (one vote). Along with these two accolades, the media picked the first team all-SEC and second team all-SEC. These teams included four Kentucky Wildcats: Julius Randle (first team), Willie Cauley-Stein (second team), Andrew Harrison (second team), and Dakari Johnson (second team). To see how the the rest of the preseason teams shake out, scroll on down…
First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford – Alabama, G, 6-0, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
*Julius Randle – Kentucky, F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Johnny O’Bryant III – LSU, F , 6-9 , 256 , Jr. , Cleveland, Miss.
Marshall Henderson – Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jordan McRae – Tennessee, G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Second Team All-SEC
Scottie Wilbekin – Florida, G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Patric Young – Florida, C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
*Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
*Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Richmond, Texas
*Dakari Johnson – Kentucky, C, 7-0, 265, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jabari Brown – Missouri, G, 6-5, 214, Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.
Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.