SEC Basketball Media Day Review

Women’s Media Day

Media members seem to expect a similar season as last year from the Mississippi State women’s basketball team, and for good reason. The Bulldogs return the majority of their roster from last year’s final four team that upset UConn in the semifinals, including star guards Victoria Vivians and Morgan William. The Bulldogs also return key pieces in Teaira McCowan, Blaire Schaefer, Roshunda Johnson and Ameysha Williams. Along with the returning pieces Vic Schaefer’s Bulldogs add talented Freshman guard Myah Taylor out of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and forward Chloe Bibby by way of Australia, both of which are expected to make an immediate impact.

The Lady Bulldogs were the only team that had two players named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team list in guards Morgan William and Victoria Vivians. As far as the Sec Preseason Media Poll goes Mississippi State was predicted to finish second in the league, behind only South Carolina who beat the Lady Bulldogs in the national championship last season.

SEC Preseason Media Poll

1. South Carolina

2. Mississippi State

3. Missouri

4. Tennessee

5. Texas A&M

6. Kentucky

7. LSU

8. Georgia

9.Alabama

10. Auburn

11. Vanderbilt

12. Florida

13. Ole Miss

14. Arkansas

Preseason Player of the Year

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

Preseason All-SEC First Team

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State 

Morgan William, Mississippi State

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

Mercedes Russel, Tennessee

Men’s Media Day

The Men’s team however, was not as highly thought of according to the media. The media would wind up slotting the Bulldogs in the twelve spot. While I certainly believe that is far too low of a prediction due to the amount of talent incoming along with relatively the entire roster being back, I do understand why some media members who aren’t around the program may not be as high on the Bulldogs. I mean let’s face it, Mississippi State has been an afterthought in the SEC for the past five to six years, but I believe this is the year State could begin to gain ground in a relatively weak conference.

The Bulldogs only losses from the 2016 team were senior I.J. Ready and Mario Kegler who left the program during the summer to transfer to Baylor. While losing Kegler certainly hurts some, it should open the door for some other talented guards to get the minutes that they deserve. State will return two star guards in Quinndary Weatherspoon, who is a hundred percent recovered from a torn ligament in his wrist, and sophomore guard Lamar Peters. State will also return key role players from 2016’s team in junior Xavian Stapleton, junior Aric Holman, sophomore Schnider Herard and sophomore Eli Wright. Add in the talented additions of Abdul Ado, who was academically ineligible last year, Nick Weatherspoon and KeyShawn Feazell, and I expect this team to be much improved over last year’s squad.

SEC Preseason Media Poll

1. Kentucky

2. Florida

3. Texas A&M

4. Alabama

5. Missouri

6. Arkansas

7. Vanderbilt

8. Georgia

9. Auburn

10. Ole Miss

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

Second Team All-SEC

Collin Sexton, Alabama

Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Terrance Davis, Ole Miss

Deandre Burnett, Ole Miss

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

Matthew Fisher-Davis, Vanderbilt

 

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