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Porter ties for SEC’s top preseason player; MU picked to finish fifth

October 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Through double doors and up two escalators inside the Omni Hotel Nashville on Wednesday, papers stacked on a table signaled the Southeastern Conference’s preseason selections.

Michael Porter Jr.’s name covered them.

The freshman was picked in a tie for preseason player of the year with Georgia senior forward Yante Maten and Texas A&M senior forward Robert Williams.

Porter Jr. was also selected to the All-SEC first team.

“There’s a lot of expectations for me, but I kind of welcome that,” Porter Jr. said. “Nobody has higher expectations (for me) than I have for myself.”

Missouri’s team, on the other hand, was selected to finish fifth in the conference behind Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida and Kentucky.

The Wildcats were picked as the favorite for the 13th time since the 1998-99 season.

sec season preview

Preseason Poll

1. Kentucky

2. Florida

3. Texas A&M

4. Alabama

5. Missouri

6. Arkansas

7. Vanderbilt

8. Georgia

9. Auburn

10. Mississippi

11. South Carolina

12. Mississippi State

13. Tennessee

14. LSU

First team All-SEC

KeVaughn Allen, Florida

Yante Maten, Georgia

Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky

Michael Porter Jr., Missouri

Robert Williams, Texas A&M