Media picks Kentucky to win SEC; Noel makes first team

October 22, 2012 

  • All-SEC voting

    Voted on by SEC media.

    Teams

    (First-place votes in parentheses)

    Kentucky (17) 328

    Florida (5) 310

    Missouri (1) 286

    Tennessee (1) 269

    Arkansas 226

    Alabama 222

    Mississippi 186

    Georgia 149

    Texas A&M 122

    Vanderbilt 120

    LSU 116

    Auburn 95

    South Carolina 54

    Mississippi State 37

    Players

    Player of the Year: Phil Pressey, Missouri

    First Team

    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

    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, Ga.

    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.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Defending national champion Kentucky is the pre-season favorite to win the Southeastern Conference basketball title, and Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel was named to the All-SEC first team.

The Wildcats received 17 of the 24 first-place votes in balloting by a panel of media members despite losing six NBA Draft picks, including national player of the year and No. 1 selection Anthony Davis. Kentucky went 38-2 last season and won all 16 SEC games, and Coach John Calipari brought in a highly rated recruiting class.

Florida was first on five ballots while Missouri and Tennessee got one first-place vote apiece.

Last week Kentucky was ranked third nationally in the pre-season ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll while Florida was 10th and Missouri was 17th.

Tennessee and Georgia were among the teams receiving votes. Missouri point guard Phil Pressey is pre-season player of the year. His six votes outpaced Florida's Kenny Boynton (five). Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, Arkansas' BJ Young and Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes each got three votes.

Those five are first-team pre-season All-SEC picks.

Kentucky freshman Alex Poythress was named to the All-SEC second team.

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