Preseason media vote reveals new respect for UGA basketball

The Georgia men’s basketball program is moving up in the eyes of the media.

The Bulldogs are picked to finish third in the SEC’s Eastern Division this season, according to a media vote announced by the SEC office on Monday. That would be a marked improvement for the Dogs after three consecutive seasons of finishing sixth –- last -– in the division.

More impressively, Georgia junior forward Trey Thompkins is the media’s overwhelming preseason pick to be the SEC’s player of the year.

Georgia junior guard-forward Travis Leslie joined Thompkins on the preseason All-SEC first team, making UGA the only school with two players on the first team.

The new respect for Georgia basketball surfaced in a vote by a panel of 20 regional and national media members.

Thompkins, who averaged 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season, drew 18 of the 20 votes for preseason player of the year. Ole Miss senior guard Chris Warren and Kentucky freshman guard Brandon Knight each received one of the remaining two votes.

Thompkins, Leslie, Warren, Knight and Vanderbilt forward Jeffery Taylor formed the media’s preseason first team.

Florida, with all five starters back from an NCAA tournament team, plus a highly ranked recruiting class, was the media panel’s pick to win the Eastern Division, followed in order by Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

Florida got 13 of 20 votes to win the East, while Kentucky got three, Georgia two and Tennessee two.

In the Western Division, the panel picked Mississippi State to finish first, followed by Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn. Mississippi State got 18 first-place votes in the West and Ole Miss the other two.

Florida got the media’s nod over Mississippi State to win the overall SEC title. One voter picked Georgia as SEC champion.

Georgia opens the season, the Bulldogs’ second under coach Mark Fox, in Athens on Nov. 12 against Mississippi Valley State.

Here are the results of the vote by the SEC’s panel of media members:

Eastern Division predicted order of finish (first-place votes in parentheses, followed by points total):

1. Florida (13) 110

2. Kentucky (3) 95

3. Georgia (2) 72

4. Tennessee (2) 71

5. Vanderbilt 52

6. South Carolina 20

Western Division predicted order of finish (first-place votes in parentheses, followed by points total):

1. Mississippi State (18) 118

2. Ole Miss (2) 84

3. Alabama 82

4. Arkansas 72

5. LSU 41

6. Auburn 23

Predicted SEC champion:

Florida

First-team preseason All-SEC:

Player, school, position, height, weight, class, hometown

Brandon Knight, Kentucky, G, 6-3, 195, Fr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Travis Leslie, Georgia, G. 6-4, 205, Jr., Decatur, Ga.

Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt, F, 6-7, 225, Jr., Norkopping, Sweden

Trey Thompkins, Georgia, F, 6-10, 245, Jr., Lithonia, Ga.

Chris Warren, Ole Miss, G, 5-10, 168, Sr., Orlando, Fla.

Second-team preseason All-SEC:

Kenny Boynton, Florida, G, 6-2, 183, So., Pompano Beach, Fla.

JaMychal Green, Alabama, F, 6-8, 228, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.

Scotty Hopson, Tennessee, G, 6-7, 200, Jr., Hopkinsville, Ky.

Chandler Parsons, Florida F 6-10 218 Sr. Casselberry, Fla.

Marshawn Powell, Arkansas, F, 6-7, 220, So., Newport News, Va.

Preseason player-of-the-year:

Trey Thompkins, Georgia

34 comments Add your comment

Dylan

October 18th, 2010
4:21 pm

Dylan

October 18th, 2010
4:22 pm

I think Dawgs could make a nice tournament run this year

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 18th, 2010
4:22 pm

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 18th, 2010
4:23 pm

I think Sweet 16 also.

dan werner

October 18th, 2010
4:28 pm

thanks to me…BillyBall is back!

“UGA basketball”….just sounds funny…kinda like my game.

JB

October 18th, 2010
4:32 pm

Surely none of this can be true!!!! Well, if you listen to the UGA hoop haters.

We are the rising power in SEC hoops. Haters or no.

HBTD!!!

BirdDawg

October 18th, 2010
4:33 pm

Bud Zapper

October 18th, 2010
4:34 pm

(((((73-66)))))

Bryan G.

October 18th, 2010
4:38 pm

When is the last time UGA had 2 first team All-SEC either at the beginning or end of a year? Anyone know? Ever?

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Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

October 18th, 2010
4:45 pm

Just another pre season build up and hype like the football team. Start having winning records and championships before you gloat.

Larry

October 18th, 2010
4:49 pm

Dogs will finish higher than 3rd !!!

dawg from a distance

October 18th, 2010
4:50 pm

Fox’s Hounds look to rebound. Go DAWGS!

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GTBob

October 18th, 2010
5:21 pm

I would probably pick them 4th in the east behind Tennessee with a possible NCAA bid. I would say Thompkins is the best pick for SEC player of the year. I mean, honestly, who else would win it? Unless one of Kentucky’s freshman bust out and have a huge year.

Obvious

October 18th, 2010
5:48 pm

Another year of hoops mediocrity for the Dawgs, courtesy of Coach Harrick. Maybe Fox can turn this thing around.

Whopper Dawg

October 18th, 2010
6:09 pm

Even without bouncing a ball yet, that is an enormous accomplishment by Coach Fox. Congratulations.

Greg

October 18th, 2010
6:11 pm

Thank goodness GTBob came by to give us his expert opinion on SEC basketball.

SoCal Dawg

October 18th, 2010
6:24 pm

Looking forward to a great season! Go Dawgs!

GTBob

October 18th, 2010
7:07 pm

Well Greg, the blog is about predictions for the upcoming season. I went ahead and gave mine which slightly disagreed with the media vote. Sorry that seemed to upset you. Feel free to chime in with your predictions.

Greg

October 18th, 2010
7:48 pm

Bob, I’m saving my predictions for the Georgia Tech and ACC blogs since that’s my area of expertise and I know that all GT fans, including yourself, will value my insight. Again, thanks from all of us in the Bulldog Nation for coming by to share your thoughts.

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October 18th, 2010
8:58 pm

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Legend of Len Barker

October 19th, 2010
1:39 am

As much as I love the respect, it was kinda fun last year to be the underdog in every game. And to go from a sparse crowd on opening night to sellouts (sellouts!) against Tennessee and Kentucky. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to chant “Lane Kiffin” at the Tennessee bench. At least not to the same effect.

CATSOWNSEC

October 19th, 2010
7:46 am

Kentucky is reloaded and will roll unchallenged to 44th SEC Title all others are pretenders..The SEC Title runs thru Lexington..always has and always will..

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
8:41 am

Yeah, CAT, that’s true. The only question is when the inevitable probation coming? You’ll know when Coach Cal leaves for the NBA, cause when he leaves a school, he leaves them on probation (U Mass, Memphis).

Dawg Trainer

October 19th, 2010
9:24 am

Tennessee fourth? Interesting. Pearl has a 13 deep rotation. All he needs is ONE consistent 3 point threat and the Vols roll. Kentucky’s season boils down to Kanter’s eligibility. If he is, they’ll be right there. If not, THEY’LL be fourth.

Georgia surprised last season. This season, the rest of the league knows what to expect. I wouldn’t be surprised if the East sent 5 teams to the Dance this season, because Vandy is capable of beating anybody in Memorial.

Upstate Dawg

October 19th, 2010
10:02 am

Can’t wait for the hoops season to begin…It’s great to see the program getting more positive recognition. Dawg fans, get your tickets now. Let’s make the Steg a great home court advantage for this team!

Charlie Brown

October 19th, 2010
2:12 pm

Tell the truth, Tim. You WERE the voter who picked UGA to win the conference championship, were you not?

Boca Baby

October 19th, 2010
10:37 pm

This is what happens when someone who knows what he is doing becomes the coach. Let’s hope we can keep him there. With 65 Million in the bank money should not be a problem.

Boca Baby

October 19th, 2010
10:42 pm

CATSOWNSEC: The SEC title runs through UK? But not the National Championship, right? It seems we have other SEC schools winning the NC since UK won its last, right?

BUzz me

October 19th, 2010
11:21 pm

Too bad recruits like Julian Royal don’t think so.

jc_dawgs

October 20th, 2010
3:18 am

Ga had a bunch of close games that they lost last year. Many of those games they should have won when they had a lead late.

This years team will turn many of those losses into wins. 19-21 reg season wins is not out of the question.

dawgrific

October 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

I am pumped about the upcoming hoops season. I only wish that we would have beaten LSU on the road late last year so that we would have ended this bad road losing streak before this season started. We also need to learn how to play with a lead and win more close games. I truly feel that we will turn the corner in those 3 areas this year and become a true tournament team. It feels good to be relevant agin in hoops.

dawgrific

October 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

oops, “again”