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Mar 16, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Florida Gators guard KeVaughn Allen (5) smiles from the bench during the second half in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center. Florida Gators defended the East Tennessee State 80-65. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

SEC Media Day Recap

SEC Basketball Media day kicked off on Wednesday morning in Nashville with a flurry of awards. The Gators were ranked 2nd in the SEC preseason media poll, with Kentucky holding the No. 1 spot. KeVaughn Allen was also named to the All-SEC Preseason 1st Team. Florida sent Mike White, Chris Chiozza and KeVaughn Allen to SEC Media Day for interviews and updates.

Mike White’s Comments

  • White said that center John Egbunu is right on track for a January return. Currently, the Gators are without John Egbunu, Gorjok Gak and Isaiah Stokes due to injuries. Kevarrius Hayes is the only healthy center on the roster at the moment.
  • White called KeVaughn Allen “one of the most underappreciated players in college basketball,” according to Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.
  • White said that he didn’t re-watch the South Carolina Elite 8 game until a few weeks ago.
  • White challenged KeVaughn Allen to play ultra-aggressive this season.

SEC Preseason Media Poll

  1. Kentucky
  2. Florida
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Alabama
  5. Missouri
  6. Arkansas
  7. Vanderbilt
  8. Georgia
  9. Auburn
  10. Ole Miss
  11. South Carolina
  12. Mississippi State
  13. Tennessee
  14. LSU

All-SEC Preseason 1st Team

  1. Florida guard KeVaughn Allen
  2. Missouri guard Michael Porter Jr.
  3. Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo
  4. Georgia forward Yante Maten
  5. Texas A&M forward Robert Williams III

All-SEC Preseason 2nd Team

  1. Alabama guard Collin Sexton
  2. Ole Miss guard Terrence Davis
  3. Ole Miss guard Deandre Burnett
  4. Mississippi State guard Quinndary Weatherspoon
  5. Kentucky forward Kevin Knox
  6. Vanderbilt guard/forward Matthew Fisher-Davis
  7. Texas A&M center Tyler Davis

SEC Preseason Player of the Year

  1. Georgia forward Yante Maten
  2. Texas A&M forward Robert Williams III
  3. Missouri guard Michael Porter Jr.

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