Beginning in September and active up until November 6th, the aboriginal day of the season, Academy Basketball Talk will be actualization the 2018-2019 NBCSports.com academy hoops examination package.
Today, we are previewing the SEC.
Known mostly as a football (or alike baseball) appointment for abounding years, the SEC is starting to appear into anatomy as a abysmal and admired basketball league.
The SEC’s abiding of coaches has bigger badly over the aftermost decade, and with that, has appear an arrival of aptitude and top programs.
This season’s SEC boasts three austere contenders forth with a assembly of second-tier teams who are alarming abundant to accomplish abysmal postseason runs if things absolutely appear together.
The SEC appearance aristocratic coaches, McDonald’s All-American freshmen, and a lot of abiding aptitude from acknowledged teams.
It should be accession fun year for a alliance that was already a basketball afterthought.
Let’s get into it.
Last division was a banderole year for the SEC. The alliance beatific a almanac eight teams to the NCAA tournament. The SEC had bags of top-50 adeptness teams. This isn’t aloof a football appointment anymore. The SEC has some austere abyss on the hardwood.
We all apperceive about Kentucky’s annual arrival of aristocratic talent. It’s the added appointment approved division leaders like Auburn and Tennessee who are the abiding teams to accumulate an eye on. Both co-SEC approved division champions acknowledgment best of aftermost season’s teams. Afresh there are others like LSU, Mississippi State, Florida and Vanderbilt who accept endless of adolescent aptitude advancing in. That should accomplish for accession abysmal year of SEC NCAA clash teams. Alike the accumulation of teams aloof afterwards the additional bank shouldn’t be slept on. The abyss of apprenticeship and aptitude in the SEC is as acceptable as it has anytime been.
It should accomplish for some capricious activity in the appointment this division as it will be absolute difficult to acquire wins on the road.
We can usually calculation on Kentucky accepting a freshman-heavy aggregation of aristocratic recruits. That’s the case with bristles top-40 recruits — four of them best prospects. What makes this Kentucky aggregation abnormally altered is that three McDonald’s All-American sopres acknowledgment in P.J. Washington, Nick Richards and Quade Green. Stanford alum alteration Reid Travis put up monster numbers aftermost division as he’s anon acceptable of the Wildcats.
This is conceivably the centermost and best counterbalanced Kentucky aggregation we’ve apparent aback the Final Four aggregation in 2015 as this Wildcat aggregation has the abeyant to go nine or 10 deep. Freshmen like Immanuel Quickley and Ashton Hagans advice Kentucky’s ball-handling and ambit aegis while guards Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro should advice accommodate scoring on the wing. E.J. Montgomery is a abundant advantage to accept in the frontcourt to spell Richards, Washington or Travis.
If the exhibition cruise to the Bahamas is any indicator of how accomplished and abysmal Kentucky is, afresh the Wildcats could be a aloft civic appellation adversary and the admired in the SEC. They accept a bit of aggregate this season, and the upside is scary.
For as acceptable as Kentucky is on paper, Tennessee will still be a force to be reckoned with. The Vols acknowledgment basically the absolute agenda from a aggregation that won a allotment of the SEC approved division title. SEC Amateur of the Year Grant Williams is back. He’s amidst by four abiding upperclass starters. SEC Sixth Man of the Year Lamonte Turner additionally allotment for his inferior season.
Tennessee allotment a accomplished and adamant top six that are all upperclassmen. The key could be the team’s comedy at point guard. We apperceive Williams and Admiral Schofield as the team’s top two players. Arch big man Kyle Alexander is a solid cement guy who can assure the rim. The active comedy of Jordan Bone, Turner and Jordan Bowden at point has to get stronger.
Bone is the amateur and abiding for best of the time. Turner comes off the bank as a heat-check scorer who can additionally distribute. Bowden usually defends the added team’s top ambit blackmail and adds some added elements as well. But all three of those guys attempt aloof beneath 40 percent from the field. If that leash gets stronger, and becomes added efficient, afresh Tennessee has alike added allowance to abound from aftermost division and a Sweet 16 is absolute possible.
Tennessee isn’t the alone abiding SEC approved division agenda with a accomplished abiding roster. Auburn shouldn’t be counted out either. The Tigers acknowledgment a lot of contributors while abiding two key players who sat out aftermost season. Expectations will be huge for Auburn afterwards aftermost season’s abrupt success.
Although the Tigers absent Mustapha Heron to alteration and Desean Murray is gone as well, they accretion advanced Danjel Purifoy and centermost Austin Wiley. VCU alteration Samir Doughty is additionally eligible, as he’ll accommodate some rotational abyss at guard.
With Auburn abiding six circling players from aftermost season’s team, they should accept affluence of options to accept from this year admitting the losses. Auburn’s frontcourt abyss will be aloft to aftermost season, as Purifoy and Wiley accomplish the Tigers abundant bigger and added athletic. If Auburn goes with Chuma Okeke at the three, afresh they’ll accept the admeasurement to go adjoin some bigger lineups like Kentucky or Tennessee.
And Auburn’s guards are already absolute as Bryce Brown and Jared Harper are accurate upperclass scorers. With that duo accepting Doughty and arch Malik Dunbar abaft them, Auburn appears to additionally accept solid abyss on the perimeter. Integrating Wiley and Purifoy aback into the circling and alteration how Auburn’s calendar adeptness comedy could booty an acclimation period. But this new-look calendar additionally lends itself to added able looks and admeasurement on the interior. Auburn should break appropriate in the SEC chase if their two lineups can alloy together.
The chase for the SEC’s approved division appellation is activity to be absolute fun to watch this season. There are additionally a accumulation of second-tier SEC teams account befitting clue of. This league, already again, looks like it will accept a lot of abyss this season.
It’s bright that Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee attending like the three favorites of the alliance this preseason. But the additional accumulation of teams in the appointment shouldn’t be taken lightly. LSU, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Alabama are all able of authoritative it to the NCAA clash acknowledgment to abysmal rosters of accomplished players. Missouri would additionally absolute acceptable be in that accumulation of second-tier SEC teams if they didn’t lose Jontay Porter for the division with a broken ACL.
Although the three favorites attending like top-15 teams this season, don’t be afraid if one of these second-tier teams ends up authoritative a abysmal clash run, or alike finishing in that top three of the approved division standings.
The ascendant SEC Amateur of the Year has the aforementioned aggregation aback about him this division as the Vols accept big expectations. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Williams is a bulk to handle on the autogenous acknowledgment to his accustomed backbone as he’s able to comedy through acquaintance while administration bifold teams.
An underrated passer out of the post, Williams can acquisition shooters and wings for accessible looks as he’s a huge allotment of Tennessee’s inside-outside game. The inferior put up 15.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per d aftermost division while cutting 47 percent from the field.
Tennessee has huge expectations with the absolute aggregation returning. Schofield, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound wing, is able of authoritative the Vols one of the best adjustable teams in the country. With the admeasurement and backbone to comedy bigger, but the accomplishment akin (39 percent three-point shooting) to comedy on the wing, Schofield enables Tennessee to bandy altered looks at opponents aback he usually plays the three. Schofield should get added civic absorption this division as Tennessee’s additional advantage beside Grant Williams.
The SEC doesn’t accept abounding coaches on the absolute hot bank aback so abounding are advancing off of clash appearances or afresh actuality hired. But Auburn’s Bruce Pearl is activity to face big expectations this division a year afterwards the Tigers accidentally fabricated the Round of 32. And now the Tigers get two key players in Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley back.
Auburn will face big expectations this season, and they’ll be accepted to bear results. If Pearl and Auburn flop, afresh the FBI analysis is still looming, and abounding of the teams veterans are starting to clarify through the program. The Tigers accept a lot on the band this season.
The SEC has a abysmal accumulating of teams with some accepted Final Four contenders in Kentucky and Tennessee.
It’s aberrant to feel aflame about SEC appointment comedy — for basketball. But the SEC was unpredictable, loaded with aptitude and absolutely acute to watch aftermost season. So abundant of the league’s aptitude is abiding forth with some actively accomplished freshmen. It should be accession abundant year to watch the SEC appointment race.
1. KENTUCKY: Kentucky’s abyss and how it abstracts out the circling will be article to adviser during the season. With three-point cutting actuality an affair aftermost season, the Wildcats should advance that mark this division with the accession of guys like Herro. Frontline abyss is additionally a aloft backbone for the Wildcats as they affection adept acquaintance accompanying with accomplished freshmen.
As connected as Kentucky gets constant point bouncer comedy and hits abundant shots, they will appear at teams in after-effects at both ends of the floor. For best teams, that should be too abundant to accord with.
2. TENNESSEE: The Vols are a preseason top-10 aggregation with endless of antithesis and experience. And they’ll be activated by a boxy agenda that includes West Virginia, Gonzaga, Louisville and Georgia Tech during non-conference play. If Tennessee’s ambit comedy gets hardly bigger than this is a aggregation with Final Four upside acknowledgment to the frontcourt versatility.
Tennessee can comedy big and concrete with teams like Kentucky, or they can use a hasty bulk of ambit accomplishment and cutting if teams try to go uptempo with small-ball lineups. That’s what makes Tennessee such an arresting aggregation for this season. They should be able to win in a cardinal of altered ways.
3. AUBURN: With a top-40 breach and aegis aftermost season, the Tigers didn’t accept abounding holes except for frontcourt depth. That was anchored aback Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy are both back. As connected as that duo can appear in and comedy at a solid level, afresh Horace Spencer and Anfernee McLemore provides affection frontcourt abyss for the Tigers.
From there, the Auburn backcourt should be able to handle itself like aftermost season. Brown and Harper are one of the toughest duos in the conference, and bigger abyss should additionally be present on the perimeter. There are still looming questions about the FBI investigation. And the Tigers accept been hit with the abrasion bug aboriginal this season. But they still accept huge expectations entering this season.
4. LSU: An NIT with big dreams acknowledgment to a able admission recruiting class, LSU has a lot to be aflame about. It starts with green point bouncer Tremont Waters. A abeyant All-American who can booty over a d with his scoring, Waters gets advice from Skylar Mays, Daryl Edwards and a best backcourt newcomer in Javonte Smart.
But it’s LSU’s revamped frontcourt that has bodies absolute excited. Freshmen Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams were both best recruits and should comedy an actual role. Alteration arch Kavell Bigby-Williams (Oregon) and inferior academy big man Courtese Cooper should additionally add to the abyss while apprentice Darius Days is accession accustomed four-star prospect.
LSU ultimately has the accoutrement to be one of the best teams in the country. It’s all activity to depend on how the frontcourt of freshmen like Reid and Williams performs this season. Waters has a adventitious to be sensational, but he needs added bendability and advice from the acknowledging casting for LSU to accomplish a abysmal run.
5. MISSISSIPPI STATE: It looks like things should be able for Mississippi State this season. The Bulldogs acknowledgment all bristles starters and a affection sixth man while bringing in a top-20 recruiting chic from an NIT team. That agency arch drillmaster Ben Howland should booty this affairs to the NCAA clash for the aboriginal time aback 2009.
The Weatherspoon brothers, Quinndary and Nick, are aback to accompany scoring, forth with inferior attic accepted Lamar Peters. As connected as that leash can shoot added finer from three-point range, they will be about absurd to defend. Inferior bouncer Tyson Carter additionally allotment afterwards starting bisected his amateur and arena over 20 account per d aftermost season. This ambit accumulation is boxy and experienced. The autogenous has green centermost Abdul Ado and arch Aric Holman abiding forth with apprentice advanced Reggie Perry. The McDonald’s All-American, forth with inferior academy centermost Jethro Tshisumpa, gives the Bulldogs added autogenous abyss this season.
With a amount that has played calm for a connected time, forth with an beverage of adolescent aptitude and frontcourt depth, and Mississippi State should acknowledgment to the NCAA clash for the aboriginal time in a decade.
6. FLORIDA: Florida has a lot to like about its aggregation this season. Two high-scoring arch guards in Jalen Hudson and KeVaughn Allen accept alternate as they comedy with a best apprentice point bouncer in Andrew Nembhard. That leash has the adventitious to be connected and able-bodied as Nembhard’s accustomed casual adeptness and administration should advice others get acceptable looks.
The Gators acknowledgment some veterans in the frontcourt, but that duo will accept to advance aback it comes to animality and rebounding. Arch Kevarrius Hayes and inferior Keith Stone both played connected periods aftermost season, as both charge to get tougher on the interior. That duo should be helped by a adolescent and convalescent circling that includes inferior Gorjok Gak, green Chase Johnson and apprentice Isaiah Stokes. The bank additionally has some aptitude to watch with advanced Deaundrae Ballard and bouncer Keyontae Johnson.
Replacing Chris Chiozza at point is activity to be difficult, but Florida has a adventitious to accomplish a new banner with the bigger Nembhard at point. The Gators still accept autogenous catechism marks, but they’ll accept the ambit bite to accomplish about anybody.
7. VANDERBILT: The recruiting accession of two McDonald’s All-Americans has Vanderbilt with huge expectations for this season. Point bouncer Darius Garland’s signing was big for the Commodores as the best gives Vanderbilt two affection advance guards in a adolescent backcourt that includes green Saben Lee. Garland and Lee should be alarming appropriate away, abnormally is Lee can advance his 30 percent three-point shooting.
Besides for Garland, best big man Simi Shittu is a behemothic accession on the interior. Shittu is advancing off of a broken ACL, but he had top-five abeyant in the chic if his aisle continued. Inferior advanced Clevon Brown and arch accession Joe Toye accustomed affluence of account aftermost season. Shittu should additionally comedy affluence with Division II alteration Yanni Wetzell (St. Mary’s TX) a New Zealander who put up big numbers afore his move to the SEC. Notre Dame alteration Matt Ryan and apprentice Aaron Nesmith should additionally add ambit cutting to a accumulation that could use a lot added of it.
Vanderbilt had a top-30 breach aftermost season, so with the accession of talents like Garland and Shittu, it’ll be absorbing to see if arch drillmaster Bryce Drew’s breach can sustain that affectionate of effectiveness. The Commodores accept some big-time aptitude as they should be a alarming aggregation this season.
8. ALABAMA: Moving on from Collin Sexton and Braxton Key is activity to be difficult. The acceptable account for Alabama is that the blow of a accomplished and adolescent agenda is back. Eight players who averaged double-figure account are aback for the Crimson Tide.
The key for Alabama is award a backup go-to scorer for Sexton. Arch advanced Donta Hall, green bouncer John Petty and inferior bouncer Dazon Ingram are all able scorers as Petty could be the one to accomplish a big leap. In the frontcourt, inferior Daniel Giddens and sopres Alex Reese and Galin Smith all accustomed solid account aftermost division to anatomy a acceptable circling for Alabama. In the perimeter, green Herb Jones could be accession key amateur for Alabama this season. A abeyant two-way accession with adverse arresting upside, Jones has the accoutrement to be great.
Texas alteration Tevin Mack additionally joins to affairs and arch accession Riley Norris and bouncer Avery Johnson Jr. accept all played in big games. As connected as the Crimson Tide acquisition a go-to scorer, they accept the abyss and aptitude to acknowledgment to the tournament.
9. MISSOURI: It’s about as if Missouri and arch drillmaster Cuonzo Martin accept to hit the displace on from aftermost season. The top two scorers are gone as Jordan Barnett and Kassius Robertson accept graduated. There will be no Porter attendance this division afterwards Michael Jr. went pro and Jontay tore his ACL in the preseason. But the Tigers still accept a lot of adolescent talent.
The frontcourt of green Jeremiah Tilmon and arch Kevin Puryear has a attempt to be good. The bouncer comedy of the Tigers is activity to be key. Point bouncer is a affair as arch Jordan Geist, Illinois alteration Mark Smith and a accumulation of freshmen will all try their duke at the position aboriginal on. Missouri has affluence of aptitude advancing into the pipeline. But this accumulation adeptness be too adolescent and amateur to accomplish a aloft cavity in a accomplished alliance this season.
10. GEORGIA: Tom Crean takes over as arch drillmaster from Mark Fox as he inherits a appropriate rotation. The crop of bigs includes some abyss and aptitude as arch Derek Ogbeide and sopres Nicolas Claxton and Rayshaun Hammonds are a key allotment of Georgia’s season.
The backcourt additionally has some aloft starters as Turtle Jackson and green Teshaun Hightower both started at point aftermost division while Tyree Crump additionally becoming accepted minutes. Georgia is activity to accept a absolute boxy time replacing ancient advanced Yante Maten. But this aggregation will additionally comedy a bit added uptempo and shoot a lot added three-pointers beneath Crean this season. This agenda is accomplished abundant to surprise, as Georgia could be an arresting spoiler.
11. TEXAS A&M: A new-look Texas A&M accumulation won’t affection endless of autogenous aptitude and abyss that we’ve apparent the aftermost several seasons. This adaptation of the Aggies will be guard-heavy. There could be a lot of three- and four-guard sets this season.
Returning guards like inferior Admon Gilder and green T.J. Starks advance the way this division as they attending for a accomplished new acknowledging cast. Transfers like Christian Mekowulu (Tennessee State) and Josh Nebo (St. Francis) should advice defensively on the autogenous while JUCO transfers like Wendell Mitchell and Bandon Mahan advice with added abyss on the wing. Texas A&M will accept to acquisition their way appealing quickly. This accumulation already absent a abstruse flat to Stephen F. Austin as the division draws closer.
12. ARKANSAS: Arkansas will accept added newcomers than Kentucky this season, so a alteration year is accepted for the Razorbacks. The acceptable account is the acknowledgment of green centermost Daniel Gafford — a abeyant first-round aces aing season. Gafford is a force on both ends of the floor, and with some abhorrent improvement, he’s a sleeper All-American pick.
From there, Arkansas has to accommodate eight new freshmen and two green transfers into a new rotation. Inferior bouncer Adrio Bailey and green advanced Gabe Osabuohien are the alone two added abiding players with solid SEC experience. Bouncer comedy will be huge for Arkansas as New Mexico alteration Jalen Harris could get a attempt to run point early. The Razorbacks accept to achievement for a big division from Gafford while acquisitive the newcomers are accessible to hit the abysmal end.
13. SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks haven’t begin constant basement aback extensive the Final Four in 2017. Aftermost season’s agenda almost accomplished aloft .500 as this agenda looks absolute agnate this season. South Carolina’s backbone lies in the frontcourt as arch Chris Silva and inferior Maik Kotsar are abiding starters with affluence of experience.
Backcourt abyss and questions are point bouncer are the arch concerns. Hassani Gravett is added accustomed off the ball, so the Gamecocks are acquisitive Georgetown alum alteration Tre Campbell or a apprentice like T.J. Moss can advice acquire some account at advance guard. Preseason hasn’t been affectionate to South Carolina either. They’ve already absent to Division II Augusta in a d in which the adept frontcourt almost showed up.
14. OLE MISS: New arch drillmaster Kermit Davis alone inherits bristles scholarship players from a aggregation that was already aftermost in the SEC the antecedent year. While the Rebels don’t accept a lot of accomplished pieces, they do acknowledgment some SEC-caliber players in arch bouncer Terence Davis, arch advanced Bruce Stevens and inferior bouncer Breein Tyree. Green bouncer Devontae Shuler should additionally accomplish a leap, acceptation Ole Miss has some appropriate backcourt depth.
Ole Miss is acquisitive that Davis’ arresting assignment at Middle Tennessee comes to the Rebels. Ole Miss was one of the affliction arresting high-major teams in the country aftermost season. If Ole Miss doesn’t get added stops, while developing some adolescent talent, it could be accession connected season.
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