Florida Gators basketball voted second in media poll

Story written by Spencer Reed:

SEC Basketball Media Day is officially underway on SEC Network from Nashville.

A panel of SEC and national media members were selected to vote on a wide variety of different honors, from the team favorited to win the SEC, SEC player of the year and so on.

Here is a breakdown of what the members of the panel decided on.


Preseason Favorite to win the SEC: Kentucky


For the 13th time since the 1998-1999 season, the Wildcats have been chosen to win the SEC Championship. Behind another solid recruiting class assembled by Coach Jim Calipari, along with eight former 5-star recruits, one can understand why they were chosen as the favorite.


Player of the Year: Yante Maten, Michael Porter, Jr., and Robert Williams


Voting resulted in a three-way tie between Georgia senior Yante Maten, Missouri freshman Michael Porter, Jr. and Texas A&M sophomore Robert Williams.


Florida guard Kevaughn Allen also received Player of the Year votes, along with Alabama’s Collin Sexton, Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo and Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon.


All-SEC First Team:


Guards: Kevaughn Allen (UF), Hamidou Diallo (UK)


Forwards: Yante Maten (UGA), Michael Porter, Jr. (MU) and Robert Williams (A&M)



All-SEC Second Team:


Guards: Collin Sexton (UA), Quinndary Weatherspoon (MSU), Matthew Davis (A&M), Deandre Burnett (Mississippi)


Forwards: Kevin Knox (UK), Terence Davis (Mississippi), Tyler Davis (A&M)


Preseason Media Poll:


  1. Kentucky
    2.            Florida
    3.            Texas A&M
    4.            Alabama
    5.            Missouri
    6.            Arkansas
    7.            Vanderbilt
    8.            Georgia
    9.            Auburn
    10.          Ole Miss
    11.          South Carolina
    12.          Mississippi State
    13.          Tennessee
    14.          LSU
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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.