The Razorbacks are expecting a successful season this year, and sophomore forward Bobby Portis is expected to lead the way. At SEC Media Days (or SEC Tipoff '15, as they're calling it), Portis was selected 1st Team All-SEC and Arkansas was picked to finish 3rd in the conference, beating out LSU by just three votes.
Portis is Arkansas' first preseason All-SEC 1st Team selection since BJ Young prior to the 2012-13 season. Let's hope Portis' campaign goes better than Young's did.
In a bit of a shocker, Kentucky did not dominate the first-team selections. All five players on the first team are from different schools. The second team, however, is deeply blue.
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
And here's how the preseason projections shape out, with the number of votes to the side. Kentucky was a unanimous selection for the league winner.
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