BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tennessee’s men are picked to finish third in the SEC basketball race behind Kentucky and Florida in a media poll released Wednesday at SEC Media Days.
Jordan McRae was named first-team All-SEC. Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon were named second-team All-SEC.
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle was voted preseason SEC player of the year by a panel of media that cover the SEC and national college basketball.
The Wildcats received 21 first-place votes to win the league, followed by Florida with five votes and the Vols with one vote.
Randle got 11 first-place votes for player of the year with UT’s McRae getting five votes and Stokes three votes.
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson got two first-place votes.
The first-team All-SEC squad consists of Randle, McRae, Henderson, LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant and Trevor Releford of Alabama.
The order-of-finish voting was:
Kentucky (371), Florida (353), Tennessee (320), LSU (270), Missouri (262), Alabama (257), Ole Miss (216), Arkansas (197), Texas A&M (139), Vanderbilt (125), Georgia (119), South Carolina (108), Mississippi State (59), and Auburn (39).
Trevor Releford – Alabama, G, 6-0, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Julius Randle – Kentucky, F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Johnny O’Bryant III – LSU, F , 6-9 , 256 , Jr. , Cleveland, Miss.
Marshall Henderson – Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jordan McRae – Tennessee, G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Scottie Wilbekin – Florida, G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Patric Young – Florida, C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Richmond, Texas
Dakari Johnson – Kentucky, C, 7-0, 265, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jabari Brown – Missouri, G, 6-5, 214, Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.
Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
SEC Player of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky