Florida was picked to finish fifth in its division in the men’s Southeastern Conference preseason basketball poll released Monday.
Florida was fifth behind Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina in the SEC East. The balloting consisted of 25 journalists who cover the league on a consistent basis.
Kentucky was the overwhelming choice to win the SEC championship, receiving 20 first-place votes.
In addition, no Gators were picked on the preseason All-SEC first or second team.
Here’s a look at the preseason picks:
SEC Champion: Kentucky (20); Mississippi State (3); Tennessee (2)
First team All-SEC
Devan Downey, South Carolina G
*Patrick Patterson, Kentucky F
Tyler Smith, Tennessee G/F
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State C
Terrico White, Ole Miss G
Second team All-SEC
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU F
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt C
DeWayne Reed, Auburn G
John Wall, Kentucky G
Chris Warren, Ole Miss G