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Kentucky Basketball picked to win SEC; Bam, Fox, Briscoe, Monk earn All-SEC honors

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Media Day Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, Kentucky is the preseason pick to win the SEC.

The league announced Wednesday that UK was the media’s pick to win the SEC in the 2016-17 college basketball season.

In addition, sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe, freshman forward Bam Adebayo, freshman guard De’Aaron Fox, and freshman guard Malik Monk were named to the media’s All-SEC teams. and

Bam and Fox got First-Team honors, while Monk and Briscoe garnered Second-Team honors.

This marks the 12th time since the 1998-99 season the Wildcats are the overall preseason favorite. UK was picked to win the title a season ago and shared the crown with Texas A&M.

UK head coach John Calipari has led his UK teams to regular-season SEC titles in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

First Team All-SEC

Moses Kingsley – Arkansas, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., Abuja, Nigeria

J.J. Frazier – Georgia, G, 5-10, 155, Sr., Glennville, Ga.

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo – Kentucky, F, 6-10, 260, Fr., Little Washington, N.C.

De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 187, Fr., Houston, Texas

Tyler Davis – Texas A&M, C, 6-10, 270, So., Plano, Texas

Second Team All-SEC

KeVaughn Allen – Florida, G, 6-2, 183, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Yante Maten – Georgia, F, 6-8, 240, Jr., Pontiac, Mich.

Isaiah Briscoe – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 210, So., Newark, N.J.

Malik Monk – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 200, Fr., Lepanto, Ark.

Antonio Blakeney – LSU, G, 6-4, 190, So., Sarasota, Fla.

Quinndary Weatherspoon – Mississippi State, G, 6-4, 202, So., Canton, Miss.

Luke Kornet – Vanderbilt, F, 7-1, 250, Sr., Lantana, Texas

SEC Player of the Year: Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Preseason Media Poll

1. Kentucky Wildcats

2. Florida Gators

3. Texas A&M Aggies

4. Georgia Bulldogs

5. Arkansas Razorbacks

6. Vanderbilt Commodores

7. Alabama Crimson Tide

8. South Carolina Gamecocks

9. Ole Miss Rebels

10. Mississippi State Bulldogs

11. Auburn Tigers

12. LSU Tigers

13. Tennessee Volunteers

14. Missouri Tigers