Cats tabbed to win SEC; Randle preseason POY

The Southeastern Conference's Basketball Media Days are under way in Birmingham, Ala., and Kentucky is already showing hints of potential dominance this season.

The Southeastern Conference's Basketball Media Days are under way in Birmingham, Ala., and Kentucky is already showing hints of potential dominance this season.

Media members named the Wildcats as preseason favorites to win the conference title and voted freshman forward Julius Randle as preseason player of the year.

Kentucky received 21 of 27 first-place votes. Florida was second with five votes, and Tennessee was the only other school to receive a nomination with one vote.

Randle was the only freshman to be named as a member of the five-man, first-team All-SEC Roster, joining Alabama guard Trevor Releford, Tennessee Guard Jordan McRae, Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, and LSU forward Johnny O'Bryant III.

Two other members of Kentucky's No. 1 ranked recruiting class joined Randle in earning preseason recognition from the league. Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson made the eight-man, second-team All-SEC roster, joining returning sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein on that list.

Here is a complete list of preseason awards from SEC Media Day:

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

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford – Alabama, G
Julius Randle – Kentucky, F
Johnny O'Bryant III – LSU, F
Marshall Henderson – Ole Miss, G
Jordan McRae – Tennessee, G

Second Team All-SEC
Scottie Wilbekin – Florida, G
Patric Young – Florida, C
Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F
Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G
Dakari Johnson – Kentucky, C
Jabari Brown – Missouri, G
Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, F
Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, F


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