USC’s AJ Lawson is expected to be one of the SEC’s top players this season (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

The SEC Tuesday released the men’s pre-season basketball poll as voted on by regional and national media. Despite the enthusiasm around the USC team emanating from the corner of Greene and Lincoln Streets, the pollsters picked Frank Martin’s bunch to finish 10th in the league race. To the surprise of no one, for the ninth straight October Kentucky was selected to win the championship. Florida finished second in the voting and LSU third. No Gamecock was voted onto the 12 member All-SEC pre-season team.

Predicted Order Of Finish

1. Kentucky

2. Florida

3. LSU

4. Auburn

5. Tennessee

6. Alabama

7. Mississippi State

8. Ole Miss

9. Georgia

10. South Carolina

11. Arkansas

12. Texas A&M

13. Missouri

14. Vanderbilt

First Team All-SEC

Kerry Blackshear – Florida

Anthony Edwards – Georgia

Ashton Hagans – Kentucky

Breein Tyree – Ole Miss

Reggie Perry – Mississippi State

Second Team All-SEC

Kira Lewis Jr. – Alabama

Isaiah Joe – Arkansas

Andrew Nembhard – Florida

Tyrese Maxey – Kentucky

EJ Montgomery – Kentucky

Skylar Mays – LSU

Lamonté Turner – Tennessee

SEC Player of the Year

Kerry Blackshear – Florida

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