LSU Hoops Picked Sixth In SEC; Waters 1st-Team SEC

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
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LSU Hoops Picked Sixth In SEC; Waters 1st-Team SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The LSU men’s basketball team is picked sixth in the 2019 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship poll in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

The poll was released at the start of SEC Tipoff19 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook in Birmingham on Wednesday. LSU appears before the gathered media beginning at 2:40 p.m. CT this afternoon. The event is being televised live on the SEC Network.

The Kentucky Wildcats are the overall preseason choice for the 14th time since the 1998-99 season.

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.

LSU sophomore guard Tremont Waters was named to the five player All-SEC first team. The member of the All-SEC freshman team a year ago, Waters is on the 20-player watch list for the Bob Cousy Award for point guards and averaged 15.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. His 198 assists was not only 40 more than any freshman at LSU, it was the second most assists in a single season in Tiger basketball.

Tennessee junior forward Grant Williams was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Auburn’s Bryce Brown; Florida’s Jalen Hudson; Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson, Reid Travis & PJ Washington; LSU’s Waters, Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon; South Carolina’s Chris Silva and Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Travis, Waters, Silva, Williams and Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford were each All-SEC First Team selections. Brown, Hudson, Washington, Weatherspoon and Schofield were second team picks along with Auburn’s Jared Harper and Missouri’s Jontay Porter.

The 2018-19 basketball season for LSU begins on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. as the Tigers host Southeastern in the second half of a doubleheader that features the LSU women’s team at 5:30 p.m.

Season tickets for LSU men’s basketball are available at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and online at LSUtix.net.

First Team All-SEC
Daniel Gafford – Arkansas
Reid Travis – Kentucky
Tremont Waters – LSU
Chris Silva – South Carolina
Grant Williams – Tennessee

Second Team All-SEC
Bryce Brown – Auburn
Jared Harper – Auburn
Jalen Hudson – Florida
PJ Washington – Kentucky
Quinndary Weatherspoon – Mississippi State
Jontay Porter – Missouri
Admiral Schofield – Tennessee

SEC Player of the Year
Grant Williams – Tennessee

Preseason Media Poll
1. Kentucky
2. Tennessee
3. Auburn
4. Mississippi State
5. Florida
6. LSU
7. Alabama
8. Vanderbilt
9. Missouri
10. Arkansas
11. South Carolina
12. Texas A&M
13. Georgia
14. Ole Miss