October 25, 2012 7:51:03 AM
MATT STEVENS' PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
8. Ole Miss
12. Texas A&M
13. South Carolina
14. Mississippi State
1. BJ Young, Arkansas, G, 6-3, 180, So., St. Louis, Mo.
2. Phil Pressey, Missouri, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
3. Patric Young, Florida, C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
4. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.
5. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
SEC Player of the Year (Must be from All-SEC team):
Phil Pressey, Missouri, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Here's the actual media polls and All-SEC selections:
First Team All-SEC
BJ Young - Arkansas, G, 6-3, 180, So., St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton - Florida, G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Nerlens Noel - Kentucky, F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Phil Pressey - Missouri, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.
Second Team All-SEC
Marshawn Powell - Arkansas, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
Patric Young - Florida, C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Georgia, G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Alex Poythress - Kentucky, F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Michael Dixon, Jr. - Missouri, G, 6-1 , 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Jeronne Maymon - Tennessee, F, 6-7, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.
SEC Player of the Year: Phil Pressey, Missouri
Preseason Media Poll Pts
Kentucky (17) 328
Florida (5) 310
Missouri (1) 286
Tennessee (1) 269
Ole Miss 186
Texas A&M 122
South Carolina 54
Mississippi State 37
First-Place Votes in Parentheses
Analysis: Yup, Mississippi State was projected on my ballot because of well....you know the story by now right.
The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog will have a feature on comparing the rebuilding project staring first-year head coach Rick Ray in the face with the other programs in the Southeastern Conference like the University of Arkansas, University of Georgia and University of South Carolina.
Clearly on my ballor I have Louisiana State University, under new head coach Johnny Jones, rated higher than most anaylsts in the media poll. To be honest, I understand and respect the skepticism in the Tigers, who are coming off a NIT first round ext last year. However, I like LSU's quick yet undersized guard combination (Andre Stringer and Anthony Hickey) and folks in the Magnolia state should be very familiar with the ability of 6-foot-8 post threat Johnny O'Bryant from Cleveland, Miss.
The other item I highly value more than others is the potential of University of Florida center Patric Young finally being recognized at a high level. If the 250-pound post presence can start the season healthy and in shape, then he'll give the Gators another strong chance at a Final Four run.
I also think University of Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and his terribly irritating 94-feet system to prepare for could break into the Top 3 of the SEC led by one of the best guards in the nation in BJ Young.
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