((TEXAS A&M PRESS RELEASE))
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – After turning heads during an impressive rookie campaign, Texas A&M sophomore center Tyler Davis was recognized by media that covers the league with a spot on the Preseason All-SEC First Team.
Meanwhile in the team preseason poll, prognosticators slotted the Aggies third behind Kentucky and Florida. A year ago, Texas A&M was also predicted to finish third in the league but ended the year with a school-record 28 victories and shared the SEC regular season championship with Kentucky before advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Following the Aggies in order on the list were Georgia, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Alabama, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Missouri.
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. Ties were not broken.
Davis played a prominent role in the Aggies’ success as a freshman a year ago, standing out as one of the SEC's top big men. The Plano, Texas, native averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 65.5 percent from the floor and pacing the team with 41 blocked shots. Along with teammate DJ Hogg, Davis garnered SEC All-Freshman honors at the conclusion of the season.
on Nov. 4. The season officially gets underway on Nov. 11 when Texas A&M welcomes Northwestern State to Aggieland.
PRESEASON ALL-SEC TEAMS
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
3. Texas A&M
8. South Carolina
9. Ole Miss
10. Mississippi State
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