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Kentucky picked to finish first in the SEC; Skal, Ulis, Poythress voted All-SEC

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SEC Tipoff ’16 is underway, and for the 11th time since 1998, the media picked Kentucky to finish first in the SEC. The Cats had 406 votes to Vanderbilt’s 357. Here’s the complete ballot:

1. Kentucky (406)
2. Vanderbilt (357)
3. Texas A&M (344)
4. LSU (333)
5. Georgia (266)
6. Florida (258)
7. South Carolina (204)
8. Mississippi State (203)
9. Ole Miss (184)
10. Auburn (168)
11. Arkansas (118)
12. Tennessee (86)
13. Alabama (85)
14. Missouri (33)

Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis were also voted to the All-SEC First Team, while Alex Poythress made the All-SEC Second Team. LSU’s Ben Simmons was voted Preseason SEC Player of the Year.

All‐SEC First Team
Danuel House — Texas A&M, G, 6‐7, 212, Sr., Fresno, Texas
Damian Jones — Vanderbilt, C, 7‐0, 245, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.
Skal Labissiere — Kentucky, F, 6‐11, 225, Fr., Port‐au‐Prince, Haiti
Stefan Moody — Ole Miss, G, 5‐10, 179, Sr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Ben Simmons — LSU, F, 6‐10, 225, Fr., Melbourne, Australia
Tyler Ulis — Kentucky, G, 5‐9, 160, So., Lima, Ohio

All‐SEC Second Team
Dorian Finney‐Smith — Florida, F, 6‐8, 220, Sr., Portsmouth, Va.
Malik Newman — Mississippi State, G, 6‐3, 178, Fr., Jackson, Miss.
Charles Mann — Georgia, G, 6‐5, 215, Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Alex Poythress — Kentucky, F, 6‐8, 230, Sr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Tim Quarterman — LSU, G, 6‐6, 190, Jr., Savannah, Ga.
Alex Caruso — Texas A&M, G, 6‐5, 186, Sr., College Station, Texas

SEC Player of the Year: Ben Simmons, LSU

Keep sleeping on Jamal Murray. It’s okay.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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11 Comments for Kentucky picked to finish first in the SEC; Skal, Ulis, Poythress voted All-SEC



  1. CatsBy80
    10:08 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

    I find it funny that LSU is picked to finish 4th and arguably has the second most talented team in the SEC. If Johnny Jones can’t do something with this group of players, then he will never do it.. anyways, go cats.



  2. Rajonrondo9
    10:14 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

    I hope Murray completely goes off this year!



  3. BobKYCats
    10:14 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Poor, poor Missouri.



  4. pithuahua
    10:17 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Like Jamal Murray not gonna be 1st team….SMH



  5. ChicagoCat
    10:22 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

    These media picked teams always favor known commodities and upperclassmen over freshmen. It’s not surprising. The only reason Skal and Simmons are 1st team is because of their recruit ranking and NBA draft hype (#1-2). Newman was also regarded as the best scorer in the class and might account for 60% of MSU’s offense. I doubt Charles Mann and Tim Quarterman are above Murray at the end of the year.



    • AJH
      10:35 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

      Newman will get a high volume of shots i agree,but we both know Newman isn’t half the player Murray is. Very overrated prospect IMO.



    • ukcatfan2
      11:18 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

      Malik Newman was regarded as the best scorer in the class…….before Jamal Murray reclassified and committed to Kentucky.



  6. AJH
    10:32 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Malik Newman over Jamal Murray is hilarious. Whoever casted these votes are now discredited. Wow.



  7. 8 god
    11:12 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Is Skal going to be eligible or not? We have real basketball games soon.



  8. BigAbes4UK
    11:23 am October 21, 2015 Permalink

    These AA teams are going to look so stupid in about 3 months. Jamal Murray will be one of the best – if not the best- player in college basketball this season.



    • CATandMONKEY
      12:02 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

      Murray will likely be number one or two in scoring for guards in the SEC and depending upon how we need to share the rock, perhaps top 5 for scoring guards in the nation. He was the most impressive new talent at BBM…of course that doesn’t really tell us the entire story.