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Hardwood Hogs picked 3rd by SEC Media

 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (SEC) - Kentucky was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference men's basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the 10th time since the 1998-99 season, tallied all 20 first-place votes.

Kentucky sophomore Aaron Harrison was the choice of the media for SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Aaron Harrison was one of five Wildcats that received votes in the preseason Player of the Year voting, joining Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl-Anthony Towns. Georgia's Charles Mann, LSU's Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey along with Ole Miss' Jarvis Summers also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Aaron Harrison, Mickey and Summers were each All-SEC First Team selections along with Arkansas' Bobby Portis and Florida's Michael Frazier II.

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 2014-15 campaign begins November 14, with conference play set to begin January 6. The 2015 SEC Tournament will be March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis - Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Michael Frazier II - Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

Aaron Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas

Jordan Mickey - LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Jarvis Summers - Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.


Second Team All-SEC

Charles Mann - Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.

Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas

Alex Poythress - Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.

Karl-Anthony Towns - Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.


SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky


Preseason Media Poll (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

1.

Kentucky (20)

280

2.

Florida

258

3.

Arkansas

226

4.

LSU

223

5.

Georgia

204

6.

Ole Miss

168

7.

Missouri

123

8.

Auburn

113

9.

Texas A&M

111

10.

Alabama

109

11.

Vanderbilt

89

12.

South Carolina

86

13.

Tennessee

75

14

Mississippi State

35

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