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UK picked to win SEC; has 3 preseason All-SEC picks

UK has a pair of sophomores and an incoming freshman on the All-SEC teams.

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have been voted as the preseason pick to win the 2019-20 SEC regular-season title by league media members.

In addition, three Wildcats were selected to the preseason All-SEC squads. Sophomore guard Ashton Hagans was picked to the first team, while freshman guard Tyrese Maxey and sophomore forward EJ Montgomery were tabbed to the second team.

Hagans also received at least one vote for the preseason pick for SEC Player of the Year, which ultimately went to Florida’s Kerry Blackshear. They were joined by Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree and Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry on the first team.

On the second team, it’s Maxey, Montgomery, Alabama’s Kira Lewis, Arkansas’ Isaiah Joe, Florida’s Andrew Nembhard, LSU’s Skylar Mays and Tennessee’s Lamonte Turner.

This is shaping up to be another special season for the Cats, and how well those three play will go a long way in not only deciding if UK wins the SEC, but also if they become a legitimate contender for a national title.

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

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