By Eric Short
The awards just keep flowing in for Missouri basketball’s junior guard Phil Pressey.
A panel of Southeastern Conference members and selected national media members voted Pressey the league’s preseason player of the year it was announced Monday.
The voters also have high expectations for the Tiger’s first season in the SEC, picking them to finish third behind Florida and reigning national champion Kentucky to win the 2013 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship.
Kentucky received 17 of 24 first place votes despite losing six players to the NBA draft. Florida garnered five first place votes while Missouri and Tennessee each received one.
Pressey’s turned some heads during the offseason after a stellar sophomore season where he averaged career highs in scoring (10.3), rebounding (3.3), assists (6.4) and steals (2.1). CBS Sports selected Pressey as a First Team All-American earlier this month and was invited to the Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Lebron James elite camps over the summer.
The voters also recognized Missouri senior guard Michael Dixon, naming him to the preseason All-SEC Second Team. Dixon averaged 13.5 points per game last year on his way to being named National Sixth Man of the Year. Dixon also received a vote for preseason SEC player of the year.
According to a media release from the conference, every SEC school selected media members that cover their team and additional media from across the nation were selected by the conference office to form the voting panel.
SEC Player of the Year: Phil Pressey, Missouri
First Team All-SEC:
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky, F, 6-10, 228, Fr.)
BJ Young (Arkansas, G, 6-3, 180, So., St. Louis, Mo.)
Kenny Boynton (Florida, G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.)
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.)