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Arkansas’ Moses Kingsley Named SEC Preseason Player of the Year

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The Razorback basketball hype train keeps gaining steam.

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Arkansas Gunnar Rathbun-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve written since the end of last basketball season that I thought Moses Kingsley would be a legit SEC Player of the Year candidate this season, but I never expected him to be the preseason favorite for the award.

And that’s what has just happened. SEC Basketball Media Days are this week and Kingsley was voted Preseason Player of the Year by the SEC media.

Kingsley is coming off a 2nd Team All-SEC junior season (we argued he should have been 1st Team, but whatever) after averaging 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks while shooting 54.8% from the floor. He notched double-doubles in 16 games, most of any high-major player in the country, and one of only three players with multiple 20-point, 10-rebound, 5-block games. Kingsley considered turning professional after the 2016 season but opted to come back to Arkansas for his senior season.

It will not be easy to win the Player of the Year award. Kingsley joins Joe Johnson and Ronnie Brewer as the only three Hogs to be named Preseason POY, and neither Johnson nor Brewer ended up winning it after the season was over. Corliss Williamson and Bobby Portis are the only two Razorbacks who have won the Player of the Year award.

Also at SEC Media Days, Arkansas was picked 5th in the SEC. Fellow senior Dusty Hannahs was also named to the Jerry West Award Watch List for the best shooter in the country.

First Team All-SEC

Moses Kingsley – Arkansas

J.J. Frazier – Georgia

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo – Kentucky

De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky

Tyler Davis – Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

KeVaughn Allen – Florida

Yante Maten – Georgia

Isaiah Briscoe – Kentucky

Malik Monk – Kentucky

Antonio Blakeney – LSU

Quinndary Weatherspoon – Mississippi State

Luke Kornet – Vanderbilt

Preseason Media Poll

1. Kentucky

2. Florida

3. Texas A&M

4. Georgia

5. Arkansas

6. Vanderbilt

7. Alabama

8. South Carolina

9. Ole Miss

10. Mississippi State

11. Auburn

12. LSU

13. Tennessee

14. Missouri