Vols picked third in SEC basketball poll

Tennessee's Jordan McRae gives interviews during Media Day at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, October 7, 2013.

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Tennessee's Jordan McRae gives interviews during Media Day at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, October 7, 2013. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

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).

First-Team All-SEC

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.

Second-Team All-SEC

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

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underthehill writes:

Seems we saw the same media nonsense last year..how did that go..experience and talent win ball games and the Vols have both..the Kittens have talent ..the Vols have just as much..or more ..of a chance to win the SEC as any team..

wigmeister writes:

Seeing a good season ahead!

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