Birmingham, AL — Kentucky is once again the preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball title. The Wildcats were picked to win in a poll of SEC and national media members.
The same panel has named Tennessee forward Grant Williams as the SEC preseason player of the year. Williams was the SEC coaches’ choice as player of the year last season.
Tennessee is picked to finish second. Kentucky and Tennessee are followed in order by Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, LSU, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia and Mississippi.
Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s Reid Travis, LSU’s Tremont Waters and South Carolina’s Chris Silva join Williams as preseason first-team all-SEC picks. The second team includes Auburn teammates Bryce Brown and Jared Harper, Florida’s Jalen Hudson, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon, Missouri’s Jontay Porter and Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield.