Petty named to Preseason All-SEC team; Crimson Tide tabbed to finish No. 5 in league

Cecil Hurt
Tidesports.com
Arkansas guard Desi sills (3) defends as Alabama guard John Petty Jr. (23) lofts a three point shot in Coleman Coliseum Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

University of Alabama senior guard John Petty was named the the 2020-21 Preseason All-Southeastern Conference basketball team, the league office announced on Thursday.

No. 25 Alabama was picked to finish fifth in the league per a vote by selected SEC media.

Petty was a second-team All-SEC choice as a junior in the abbreviated 2019-2020 season. He was considered the top 3-point shooter in the conference, averaging 14.5 points per game and leading the league in 3-point shooting percentage (.440). He ranked second in 3-pointers made per game (2.9), totals that were ranked ninth and 28th in the nation, respectively. He also led Alabama and ranked 11th in the league with 6.6 rebounds per contest.

Tennessee was predicted to win the 2021 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship. 

The Volunteers are the overall preseason favorite for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Florida junior forward Keyontae Johnson was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Alabama’s John Petty Jr., Kentucky’s Brandon Boston Jr. & Olivier Sarr, LSU’s Trendon Watford and Tennessee’s John Fulkerson & Yves Pons also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Petty, Johnson, Boston, Watford and Fulkerson were each All-SEC First Team selections. Sarr and Pons were second team picks along with LSU’s Javonte Smart, Missouri’s Dru Smith, South Carolina’s AJ Lawson and Texas A&M’s Savion Flagg were second team picks.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team. Ties were not broken.

The 2020-21 campaign begins November 25, with conference play set to begin December 29. The 2021 SEC Tournament will be March 10-14 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

First Team All-SEC

John Petty Jr. – Alabama

Keyontae Johnson – Florida

Brandon Boston Jr. – Kentucky

Trendon Watford – LSU

John Fulkerson – Tennessee

Second Team All-SEC

Olivier Sarr – Kentucky

Javonte Smart – LSU

Dru Smith – Missouri

AJ Lawson – South Carolina

Yves Pons – Tennessee

Savion Flagg – Texas A&M

SEC Player of the Year

Keyontae Johnson – Florida

Preseason Media Poll

1. Tennessee

2. Kentucky

3. LSU

4. Florida

5. Alabama

6. Arkansas

7. Auburn

8. South Carolina

9. Ole Miss

10. Missouri

11. Texas A&M

12. Mississippi State

13. Georgia

14. Vanderbilt

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