The preseason honors keep rolling in for the Kentucky Wildcats, this time being from the SEC.
The Cats led the SEC with four players on the coaches' preseason All-SEC teams, which were announced by the conference Thursday. Tyler Ulis and Skal Labissiere were named to the All-SEC First Team while Alex Poythress and Jamal Murray made the All-SEC Second Team. Both Labissiere and Ulis were tabbed to the media's preseason All-SEC First Team while Poythress also made the media's preseason All-SEC Second Team.
Ulis, who starts the season on the Bob Cousy Award watch list as well as the Lute Olson Award watch list, appeared in 37 games during the 2014-15 season and finished his freshman season ranked third in the country and first in SEC play with a 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. In UK's two exhibition games, Ulis averaged 16.0 points and 7.0 assists, including a 10-assist game vs Ottawa.
Labissiere, a five-star forward out of Haiti who has already named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list, averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 assists in UK's two exhibition wins, including a 22-point second half vs. Kentucky State. Most project him as the No. 1 or 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Murray, a five-star point guard out of Kitchener, Ontario, is also projected as a lottery pick in the '16 NBA Draft. Murray led UK in scoring in the two exhibition games with a 21.0 average, including a near triple-double vs Ottawa.
Poythress, who was also named to the Julius Erving Award watch list, returned to UK following a season-ending ACL injury that forced him to miss the final 29 games of the 2014-15 season. Poythress finished the exhibition season with 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in two games.
The coaches' preseason All-SEC teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, as voted on by the league's coaches.