NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Florida ended up in a familiar spot in the SEC preseason men’s basketball poll Wednesday.
The Gators were picked to finish second behind Kentucky, while junior guard KeVaughn Allen earned preseason All-SEC first team honors.
Florida was picked to finish second in the league last year and ended up second, finishing 27-9 with a 14-4 conference record. The Gators return three starters and seven players overall from a team that reached the Elite Eight for the fifth time in the last seven years.
Florida coach Mike White said the prediction is about what he expected based on what he has read in preseason publications.
“I’m not sure if I would have picked us second, to be honest,” White said. “We lost a lot. (Center) John Egbunu is not healthy until January. And I think this league is as good as it’s been since I’ve been a part of the league at 18 years old, that’s 22 years I don’t think the SEC has been from top to bottom any stronger than it is right now.”
The 6-foot-2 Allen, from North Little Rock, Ark., averaged a team-high 14 points for the Gators while shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. At 923 career points, Allen is 77 points shy of becoming the 51st 1,000 point scorer in Florida history.
“It feels good to get that honor,” Allen said. “There’s a lot of guys in this league that are as talented and can be picked in the preseason.”
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Here’s a full rundown of the preseason All-SEC media poll:
First Team All-SEC
KeVaughn Allen – Florida, G, 6-2, 193, Jr., Little Rock, Ark.
Yante Maten – Georgia, F, 6-8, 243, Sr., Pontiac, Mich.
Hamidou Diallo – Kentucky, G, 6-5, 198, R-Fr., Queens, N.Y.
Michael Porter, Jr. – Missouri, F, 6-10, 215, Fr., Columbia, Mo.
Robert Williams – Texas A&M, F, 6-10, 241, So., Oil City, La.
Second Team All-SEC
Collin Sexton – Alabama, G, 6-3, 190, Fr., Mableton, Ga.
Kevin Knox – Kentucky, F, 6-9, 215, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Terence Davis – Ole Miss, G, 6-4, 201, Jr., Southaven, Miss.
Deandre Burnett – Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 192, Sr., Miami Gardens, Fla.
Quinndary Weatherspoon – Mississippi St., G, 6-4, 205, Jr., Canton, Miss.
Tyler Davis – Texas A&M, C, 6-10, 266, Jr., Plano, Texas
Matthew Fisher-Davis – Vanderbilt, G/F, 6-5, 186, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.
SEC Player of the Year (tie)
Yante Maten – Georgia
Michael Porter, Jr. – Missouri
Robert Williams – Texas A&M
Preseason Media Poll
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- South Carolina
- Mississippi State