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Florida Gators picked sixth, Dorian Finney-Smith honored

The media’s votes were made public on Wednesday at SEC Media Day.

Florida was voted to finish sixth in the Southeastern Conference with 258 votes. Kentucky (406) was picked first in the league with Vanderbilt (357) coming in second. Texas A&M (344) was voted third, LSU (333) came in fourth and Georgia (266) was voted fifth.

After Florida sixth, the rest of the SEC voting finished in this order: South Carolina (204), Mississippi State (203), Ole Miss (184), Auburn (168), Arkansas (118), Tennessee (86), Alabama (85) and Missouri (33).

The Gators finished 16-17 last season with an 8-10 record in SEC play, missing the NCAA Tournament. Florida coach Billy Donovan left to take the same position with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Gators hired Mike White from Louisiana Tech, but he’s familiar with the SEC after his time as an assistant coach at Ole Miss.

The Gators’ best returner is senior Dorian Finney-Smith. He averaged 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds last season. Finney-Smith tied for second on the team with 32 steals, adding 24 blocks and shooting 42.6 percent from the three-point line. He was named SEC Sixth man of the Year in 2014 when the Gators reached the Final Four. The team’s second and third leading scorer -- Michael Frazier (12.1 points) and Eli Carter (8.8 points) -- are no longer a part of the team.

Finney-Smith was voted to the preseason second team All-SEC on Wednesday. He was joined on the second team by Mississippi State guard Malik Newman, Georgia guard Charles Mann, Kentucky forward Alex Poythress, LSU guard Tim Quarterman and Texas A&M guard Alex Caruso.

The first team All-SEC was made up of Texas A&M guard Danuel House, Vanderbilt center Damian Jones, Kentucky forward Skal Labissiere, Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody, LSU forward Ben Simmons and Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis. Simmons was also named preseason SEC Player of the Year, the second freshman ever to earn that distinction.

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