Missouri Basketball Picked To Finish 9th At SEC Media Days

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 08: Jontay Porter #11 of the Missouri Tigers dribbles the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second round of the 2018 SEC Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 8, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

A year after finishing 6th in the SEC, the Missouri Tigers, led by 2nd year head coach Cuonzo Martin, were picked to finish 9th by the media at the annual SEC Media days in Birmingham, Alabama.

The SEC Media announced it’s rankings at the SEC Media days in Birmingham, Alabama, and picked the Missouri Tigers to finish 9th after they finished sixth in the SEC in 2017-2018.

Sophomore forward Jontay Porter was named to the preseason all-SEC second team after he opted to return to school rather than signing with a sports agent to look to go pro.  

In addition to Porter, the Tigers will have a handful of impact players return from last season including sophomore Jeremiah Tilmon, junior Jordan Geist, and lone senior Kevin Puryear. Puryear and Porter were present at SEC Media Day in Birmingham with Missouri head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin.

There will be an array of new faces at Mizzou Arena this season including two freshmen guards from the St. Louis metro area; Torrence Watson, Whitfield High School, and Javon Pickett, Belleville East High School. Other new freshmen additions are guard Xavier Pinson from Chicago, Illinois, forward Parker Braun from Overland Park, Kansas, and guard Christian Guess from Cleveland, Ohio.

Martin also announced he submitted waivers for transfers Mark Smith, Illinois, and Dru Smith, Evansville, who are eligible for the 2018-2019 season. The NCAA has been more lenient in recent days regarding transfer eligibility, but both Smith’s are expected to remain out until the 2019-2020 season.

Kentucky is predicted to win the SEC followed by Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Florida to round out the top five. Tennessee power forward Grant Williams was selected as the SEC Preseason Player of the Year.

Preseason SEC Media Poll

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

Preseason All-SEC First Team

 

  • Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
  • Reid Travis, Kentucky
  • Tremont Waters, LSU
  • Chris Silva, South Carolina
  • Grant Williams, Tennessee

 

Preseason All-SEC Second Team

 

  • Bryce Brown, Auburn
  • Jared Harper, Auburn
  • Jalen Hudson, Florida
  • P.J. Washington, Kentucky
  • Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State
  • Jontay Porter, Missouri
  • Admiral Schofield, Tennessee