Following a trip to the Final Four, the preseason media poll in the SEC took South Carolina’s defections into account by picking the Gamecocks to finish 11th out of 14 in the conference.
The departures of Sindarius Thornwell and PJ Dozier caused the media to react adversely to Frank Martin’s upstart group, as he tries to reload with transfer point guards Frank Booker and Wesley Myers along with role players from last year’s squad.
USC didn’t have any players on the preseason First or Second All-Conference teams as picked by the media.
SEC Preseason Media Poll
3. Texas A&M
10. Ole Miss
11. South Carolina
12. Mississippi State