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UK picked to win SEC; 4 Wildcats named to all-conference teams

Despite last season’s struggles, there’s still a lot of belief this UK team will bounce back with a vengeance.

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As usual, the Kentucky Wildcats were well-represented in the preseason SEC media picks for the upcoming basketball season.

Kentucky was predicted to win the 2022 SEC regular-season championship, while four Wildcats were named to the All-SEC teams.

Junior point guard Sahvir Wheeler was the lone First-Team pick, while Kellan Grady, Oscar Tshiebwe and Keion Brooks Jr. were Second-Team selections.

Vanderbilt sophomore guard Scotty Pippen Jr. was picked to win the SEC Player of the Year award. Brooks, Grady and Wheeler also received votes.

First-Team All-SEC

  • Jaden Shackelford – Alabama
  • Jahvon Quinerly – Alabama
  • Colin Castleton – Florida
  • Sahvir Wheeler – Kentucky
  • Iverson Molinar – Mississippi State
  • Scotty Pippen Jr. – Vanderbilt

Second-Team All-SEC

  • Davonte Davis – Arkansas
  • Jabari Smith – Auburn
  • Keion Brooks Jr. – Kentucky
  • Kellan Grady – Kentucky
  • Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky
  • Darius Days – LSU

SEC Player of the Year

  • Scotty Pippen Jr. – Vanderbilt

Preseason Media Poll

1. Kentucky

2. Alabama

3. Arkansas

4. Tennessee

5. Auburn

6. LSU

7. Florida

8. Mississippi State

9. Ole Miss

10. Missouri

11. South Carolina

12. Texas A&M

13. Vanderbilt

14. Georgia

The 2021-22 college basketball season begins November 9th, while SEC play begins December 29th. The 2022 SEC Tournament will be March 9-13 at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida.