Auburn Basketball Predicted To Finish 11th In SEC By Media

Auburn was picked to finish near the bottom of the SEC by the media in a preseason poll that was released on Wednesday.

Birmingham, Ala.--It was no surprise that 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, but the Auburn Tigers being picked 11th in the league is another story.

With a talented but young roster, Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers have a chance to take a step forward this season. Counting on a big group of newcomers such as five-star Mustapha Heron, four-star Jared Harper, athletic forward Anfernee McLemore, transfers Ronnie Johnson and LaRon Smith, as well as redshirt freshman Danjel Purifoy, Auburn will have a much different look this season.

“I think the newcomers are good,” said Pearl. “The best thing about it would be Jared, Ronnie, LaRon, Danjel, Anfernee and Mustapha, I think they have picked up things pretty quickly. That is important, especially the point guards to be able to pick up on what we are going to try to do.

“I think they are all going to have an impact. The best part of our team right now is that we have 10 or 11 guys who can play, and we will play 10 or 11 guys.”

Guard T.J. Dunans is Auburn's leading returning scorer, averaging 11.6 points a season ago. Sophomore Bryce Brown returns after averaging 10.1 points per game as a freshman last year. Also back are T.J. Lang on the perimeter, Horace Spencer in the middle and guard New Williams.

Auburn opens the season Nov. 4 in an exhibition game vs. Montevallo and one week later on Nov. 11 the Tigers take on North Florida in the season opener at Auburn Arena.


Preseason Media Poll

  1. Kentucky

  2. Florida

  3. Texas A&M

  4. Georgia

  5. Arkansas

  6. Vanderbilt

  7. Alabama

  8. South Carolina

  9. Ole Miss

  10. Mississippi State

  11. Auburn

  12. LSU

  13. Tennessee

  14. 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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