Vols Projected To Finish Fourth In SEC Basketball

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

A voting panel of Southeastern Conference and national media members projected the SEC's 2012-13 order of finish and also selected preseason All-SEC Teams, which were announced by the league office Monday.

Tennessee was projected to finish fourth in the 14-team race, behind projected champion Kentucky, Florida and Missouri. The Volunteers - who finished second last season despite being picked 11th by the media in the preseason - received one first-place vote. Missouri also received one first-place vote, while Florida received five and Kentucky earned 17.

Junior Missouri guard Phil Pressey was tabbed as the preseason SEC Player of the Year with six votes. Tennessee forwards Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon were two of seven other players who received Player of the Year votes. Stokes tied for third in the POY projection, receiving three votes. Maymon received one vote.

Stokes made the five-man All-SEC first team, joining Pressey, B.J. Young (Arkansas), Kenny Boynton (Florida) and Nerlens Noel (Kentucky).

Maymon, meanwhile, was one of six players to make the All-SEC second team. The senior - who earned second-team All-SEC honors last year after scoring at least 12 points in all 16 regular-season SEC games - was joined by Marshawn Powell (Arkansas), Patric Young (Florida), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia), Alex Poythress (Kentucky) and Michael Dixon Jr. (Missouri).

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.

The 2012-13 SEC Media Preseason Poll tips off SEC Basketball Media Day, Oct. 25, at The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

First-Team All-SEC
BJ Young - Arkansas, G, 6-3, 180, So., St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton - Florida, G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Nerlens Noel - Kentucky, F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Phil Pressey - Missouri, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

Second-Team All-SEC
Marshawn Powell - Arkansas, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
Patric Young - Florida, C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Georgia, G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Alex Poythress - Kentucky, F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Michael Dixon, Jr. - Missouri, G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Jeronne Maymon - Tennessee, F, 6-7, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.

SEC Player of the Year: Phil Pressey, Missouri

Preseason Media Poll - Pts
Kentucky (17) - 328
Florida (5) - 310
Missouri (1) - 286
Tennessee (1) - 269
Arkansas - 226
Alabama - 222
Ole Miss - 186
Georgia - 149
Texas A&M - 122
Vanderbilt - 120
LSU - 116
Auburn - 95
South Carolina - 54
Mississippi State - 37
First-Place Votes in Parentheses


Hannah Gasaway Signs Golf Commitment With Dalton State

It is a hard balance between choosing a Division I program or going the NAIA route. One offers seemingly instant fame while the other provides a lower-key environment that fosters a stronger sense of community. The latter is what Union Grove golfer Hannah Gasaway wanted. It’s what she will get at Dalton State, the North Georgia college she verbally committed to last month. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Swim League Standings & Results

CHATTANOOGA AREA SWIM LEAGUE STANDINGS BLUE DIVISION Dalton           7-0 Signal Mountain   4-3 Stuart Heights     4-3 Ooltewah            2-5 Fairyland             ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Non-Custodial Father Who Picked Up Children At Chattanooga Daycare Is Caught In Ohio

A non-custodial father who picked up his children at a Chattanooga daycare and headed north has been caught in Ohio. T ony Thomas and the children have been located in Toledo. T homas is in custody in Lucas County and awaiting extradition. T he children were unharmed and will be in Child Protective Services custody until the mother is able to pick them up. ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Pre-Fourth Observations

I hate to do this, right on the heels of my monthly ‘Walk in the Garden,’ but I have more things on my desk that I dare not leave unnoticed before tomorrow’s Star-Spangled celebration. Foremost is the plea to anyone who shoots off firecrackers to please wear eye protection and ask watchers to stand back. Our eye doctors say firecracker-related injuries have doubled in the last three ... (click for more)