Inside the SEC: Oct. 25

25 Oct

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

This week a look at the preseason media awards, where SEC schools fell in the coaches poll, four freshmen on Wayman Tisdale award list and more.

SEC Media Picks: Kentucky Champs; Jones POY

This is the first year for the Southeastern Conference to not be divided into two division, but there one familiar thing, as Kentucky is once again predicted to finish atop the SEC according to the media.

The Wildcats, who received 18 of the 23 first place votes, have won 43 regular season conference titles and 25 tournament titles.

Coach John Calipari has once again brought in the number one recruiting class in the country, but this year he also has the luxury of several key returners. Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb both decided to not enter the NBA draft and return for their sophomore seasons, and two-year started Darius Miller will be back for his senior campaign.

Vanderbilt was slated second and received four first place votes. Florida, who had one first place vote, is picked third.

Kentucky’s Jones was selected a preseason Player of the Year, after getting 12 votes. Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins was second with nine, while Alabama’s JaMychal Green and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis both received one.

Dee Bost (Mississippi State) and Jeffrey Taylor (Vanderbilt) joined Jones, Jenkins, and Green on the All-SEC fist team.

Complete projected order of finish:

1. Kentucky (18) — 282
2. Vanderbilt (4) — 265
3. Florida (1) — 235
4. Alabama — 219
5. Mississippi State — 191
6. Arkansas — 154
7. Ole Miss — 119
8. Georgia — 108
9. LSU — 91
10. Auburn — 80
11. Tennessee — 71
10. South Carolina – 57

First Team:

Terrence Jones – Kentucky

John Jenkins – Vanderbilt

JaMychal Green – Alabama

Jeffrey Taylor – Vanderbilt

Dee Bost – Mississippi State

Second Team:

Doron Lamb – Kentucky

Festus Ezeli – Vanderbilt

Darius Miller – Kentucky

Anthony Davis – Kentucky

Erving Walker – Florida

Kenny Boynton – Florida

Four SEC Schools in preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

When the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll was released last week, it came as no surprise that several SEC schools found themselves near the top.

Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Florida are all in the top ten on the poll, which is selected by 31 head coaches from around the country.

John Calipari’s Wildcats, who garnered one first place vote, were tabbed as the second best team in the country behind North Carolina, who received the other 30 first place votes. It is the Wildcat’s highest preseason ranking since 1995-1996, a year in which they won the National Championship.

Vanderbilt is ranked seventh in the poll, which is the third highest in the school’s history. In 1964 the Commodores opened the season as the sixth best team in the country, and in 1965 they were slated a school best fifth.

Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators rounded out the top 10. The last time the Gator’s were ranked in the top 10 was in 2006-2007, when they captured their second straight National Title.

For the first time in five years, Alabama is ranked in the preseason. The Crimson Tide were selected the 17th best team by the coaches.

“Any time you have expectations, that’s certainly a good thing,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. “When you have a level of excitement about your team, that creates a level of pride for us. At the same time you realize that’s not going to win any games for you and it really doesn’t matter where you are in the preseason. You’ve got to go out and perform and we’ve got a very short amount of time to get ready for a very tough schedule.”

While failing to make the top 25, Mississippi State did earn several votes.

Three Wildcat Freshman, Florida’s Beal Named to Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List

The United States Basketball Writers Association has released the list of the 12 freshman selected to the Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List, the award given to the country’s top freshman.

The SEC is well represented on the list with four players, most out of any conference.

Anthony Davis, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague, three of the four members of Kentucky’s top ranked recruiting class headline the list.

The crown jewel of Florida’s recruiting class, Brad Beal, also made the list. The Gatorade National Player of the Year, Beal is an outstanding shooter that will have an immediate impact for the Gators despite an already crowded backcourt.

Louisville’s Chane Behanan, Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Duke’s Austin Rivers, Pittsburgh’s Khem Birch, Connecticut’s Andre Drummond, Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash, Memphis’s Adonis Thomas, and Arizona’s Josiah Turner also made the list.

Mississippi State Names All-Century Team

Mississippi State is about to start its 100th season of basketball, and as a way to celebrate the Bulldogs have named the program’s top players to an all-century team.

The list, that includes 20 players, has a least one member form every decade from the 1950’s was selected by a panel of former coaches and players, members of the media, current basketball staff, and other athletic members from a list of 43 nominees.

The oldest member of the team is Coyte Vance, who player for the Bulldogs from 1950 through 1952. As a senior he averaged 20.5 points and earned second team All-SEC honors.

Jarvis Varnado, who patrolled the paint for Mississippi State from 2007-2010, is most recent player to make the list. He set the NCAA record for blocked shots with 564, and became the first player in college basketball history to score 1,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds, and swat 500 shots.

Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.mstateathletics.com to vote for the five best players all time, and they can also cast their vote for the top five games in program history.

Kentucky, Florida Have New Alternate Uniforms

In a world where some people turn into Oregon football games just to see what the Ducks are wearing, it was just a matter of time before alternate jerseys started spilling over into college basketball.

Kentucky Sports Radio has confirmed that Kentucky will wear grey uniforms in three or four games in the upcoming season. The last time the Wildcats sported some type of alternate jersey was in the final year of the Billy Gillispie Era, when they wore black uniforms as a tribute to Bill Keightley, the team’s long-time manager.

The Florida Gators will be wearing new uniforms in the upcoming season. They feature tributes to the Gator’s national championship teams of 2006 and 2007. According to onlygators.com they may also wear an orange uniform on some occasions.

Florida, Kentucky Recruits Set To Announce

Brice Johnson and DuJuan Coleman will both be announcing their college decisions this week.

Johnson a 6-foot-9 power forward from South Carolina will pick between North Carolina, Florida, NC State, and Clemson on Wednesday.

Coleman’s decision will come a little sooner as the 6-foot-8 wide bodied center will make college choice known on Tuesday at 2:30. Coleman, a five-star prospect who hails from New York, is considering Ohio State, Kentucky, and Syracuse. Most believe he will stay close to home and play for the Orange.

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