ATHENS - Georgia is expected to be better in men's basketball this season. But not too much better, according to a media preseason vote.
The Bulldogs were picked to finish eighth in the 14-team conference. They finished tied for 10th last year, in a 12-team conference that has since added Missouri and Texas A&M.
Georgia sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was selected as a member to the preseason All-SEC second team.
The vote included 28 media members, including two that cover each program. Here is the final tally, with first-place votes in parenthesis:
1. Kentucky (17)....328
2. Florida (5)..........310
3. Missouri (1)........286
4. Tennessee (1).....269
7. Ole Miss.............186
9. Texas A&M.........122
13. South Carolina...54
14. Mississippi St. ...37
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
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
Here is how my ballot looked:
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
7. Ole Miss
9. Texas A&M
13. Mississippi State
14. South Carolina
1. Kenny Boynton, Florida
2. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
3. Phil Pressey, Missouri
4. Alex Poythress, Kentucky
5. B.J. Young, Arkansas
SEC Player of the Year: Boynton.
- I was in the minority on picking Florida over Kentucky. It's not that Kentucky is too young. As the past three years have proved, that's not an issue. I just think Florida has a good mix, led by Boynton and Young, along with some good recruits. But I have no problem with people picking Kentucky to win it. Who would argue?
- Georgia has enough backcourt talent to make a run to the NCAAs. It's the frontcourt that's the problem.
- On paper Vanderbilt should be down there with the bottom two teams, which are in a rebuilding state with new coaches. But I've got trust in Kevin Stallings, who for whatever reason couldn't coach a talented team in the NCAA tournament, but always seems to do well when least expected.
- If I had been allowed to pick an All-SEC second team, it would have included Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ole Miss' Murphy Holloway, Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon, Florida's Patric Young and Tennessee's Trae Golden.