BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the Southeastern Conference in the annual poll of media members through the league that was announced on Wednesday morning.
The announcement came on the first day of SEC Media Days which LSU will participate in later in the day.
Junior forward Johnny O'Bryant III of LSU was named to the five-member pre-season SEC first team.
Each school selected media members that cover their team and additional media from across the nation were selected by the conference office to form the voting panel.
The Kentucky Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the ninth time since the 1998-99 season, tallied 21 first-place votes while Florida earned five first-place votes and Tennessee received one vote.
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year with 11 votes. Tennessee’s Jordan McRae (5 votes), LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III (3 votes), Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes (3 votes), Florida’s Patric Young (2 votes), Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson (2 votes) and Alabama’s Trevor Releford (1 vote) also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.
Releford, Randle, O’Bryant, Henderson and McRae were each All-SEC First Team selections.
Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team.
The 2013-14 SEC Media Preseason Poll tips off SEC Basketball Media Day, October 16-17 at The Westin Birmingham. The 2013-14 campaign begins November 8, with conference play set to begin January 7. The 2014 SEC Tournament will be March 12-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford – Alabama, G, 6-0, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Julius Randle – Kentucky, F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Johnny O'Bryant III – LSU, F , 6-9 , 256 , Jr. , Cleveland, Miss.
Marshall Henderson – Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jordan McRae – Tennessee, G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Second Team All-SEC
Scottie Wilbekin – Florida, G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Patric Young – Florida, C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Richmond, Texas
Dakari Johnson – Kentucky, C, 7-0, 265, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jabari Brown – Missouri, G, 6-5, 214, Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.
Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
SEC Player of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky
Preseason Media Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Points
Kentucky (21) 371
Florida (5) 353
Tennessee (1) 320
Ole Miss 216
Texas A&M 139
South Carolina 108
Mississippi State 59