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Welcome to Birmingham and Day 2 of the SEC men's basketball media day

 

 

 

Matt Stevens

 

STARKVILLE - As The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog arrives at Hoover, Ala., for the second day of Southeastern Conference men's basketball media days, I thought I'd review how the media voted in its preseason ballots.  

 

Kentucky, who CBSSports.com voted as the preseason nationally top-ranked team, was predicted to win the 2014 SEC men's basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members. 

 

  

 

The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the ninth time since the 1998-99 season, tallied 21 first-place votes while Florida earned five first-place votes and Tennessee received one vote. 

 

  

 

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle was the choice of the media for SEC men's basketball player of the year with 11 votes. Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward, was the No. 3 ranked recruit in the country according to ESPN.com and Prestonwood Christian Academy in McKinney, Texas. Tennessee's Jordan McRae (5 votes), LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III (3 votes), Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes (3 votes), Florida's Patric Young (2 votes), Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson (2 votes) and Alabama's Trevor Releford (1 vote) also received votes in the player of the year voting. 

 

  

 

Releford, Randle, O'Bryant, Henderson and McRae were each All-SEC First Team selections. 

 

 

 

The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog will be talking with MSU men's basketball coach Rick Ray and sophomore center Gavin Ware at the Westin Hotel in Hoover, Ala., for some features in Friday's edition of The Dispatch print edition.  

 

  

 

First Team All-SEC 

 

Trevor Releford - Alabama, G, 6-0, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo. 

 

Julius Randle - Kentucky, F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas 

 

Johnny O'Bryant III - LSU, F , 6-9 , 256 , Jr. , Cleveland, Miss. 

 

Marshall Henderson - Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas 

 

Jordan McRae - Tennessee, G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga. 

 

  

 

Second Team All-SEC 

 

Scottie Wilbekin - Florida, G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla. 

 

Patric Young - Florida, C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla. 

 

Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan. 

 

Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Richmond, Texas 

 

Dakari Johnson - Kentucky, C, 7-0, 265, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y. 

 

Jabari Brown - Missouri, G, 6-5, 214, Jr., Oakland, Calif. 

 

Jeronne Maymon - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis. 

 

Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn. 

 

  

 

SEC Player of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky 

 

  

 

  

 

Preseason Media Poll                    Pts 

 

Kentucky (21)................................... 371 

 

Florida (5)........................................ 353 

 

Tennessee (1).................................. 320 

 

LSU................................................... 270 

 

Missouri........................................... 262 

 

Alabama.......................................... 257 

 

Ole Miss........................................... 216 

 

Arkansas.......................................... 197 

 

Texas A&M...................................... 139 

 

Vanderbilt........................................ 125 

 

Georgia............................................ 119 

 

South Carolina................................. 108 

 

Mississippi State............................... 59 

 

Auburn............................................... 39 

 

First-Place Votes in Parentheses 

 

 

 

All of the Dispatch MSU Sports Blog readers: feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewcstevens for up-to-date Mississippi State coverage.

 

 

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