Porter ties for SEC’s top preseason player; MU picked to finish fifth
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.
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3. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina
12. Mississippi State
First team All-SEC
KeVaughn Allen, Florida
Yante Maten, Georgia
Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky
Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
Robert Williams, Texas A&M