Georgia men picked to finish last in SEC basketball

Georgia basketball player P.J. Horne (24) scored a career-high 21 points against Mississippi State on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. (Tony Walsh/UGA)
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Georgia basketball player P.J. Horne (24) scored a career-high 21 points against Mississippi State on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. (Tony Walsh/UGA)

Credit: Tony Walsh

Credit: Tony Walsh

Possibly because of a radical overhaul of Georgia’s roster, the Bulldogs were picked to finish last in the SEC in the coming basketball season.

In a vote of media members who cover the SEC and some who cover national college basketball, Georgia was picked last in the conference, and no Bulldogs players were chosen either first- or second-team preseason All-SEC.

Coach Tom Crean is having to work in 10 new players this season, seven transfers and three freshman signees. Senior P.J. Horne is the only returning starter from last season’s team, which finished with a 14-12 overall record, 7-11 in SEC games.

The Bulldogs will begin their fourth season under Crean when they play Florida International on Nov. 9 at Stegeman Coliseum. Before that, Georgia has two exhibition games scheduled, at Charlotte at 3 p.m. Sunday and at home against Morehouse at 2 p.m. Oct. 31.

SEC 2021-22 preseason media poll

1. Kentucky

2. Alabama

3. Arkansas

4. Tennessee

5. Auburn

6. LSU

7. Florida

8. Mississippi State

9. Ole Miss

10. Missouri

11. South Carolina

12. Texas A&M

13. Vanderbilt

14. Georgia

First-team preseason All-SEC

Jaden Shackelford – Alabama

Jahvon Quinerly – Alabama

Colin Castleton – Florida

Sahvir Wheeler – Kentucky

Iverson Molinar – Mississippi State

Scotty Pippen – Vanderbilt

Second-team preseason All-SEC

Davonte Davis – Arkansas

Jabari Smith – Auburn

Keion Brooks – Kentucky

Kellan Grady – Kentucky

Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky

Darius Days – LSU

SEC Player of the Year

Scotty Pippen – Vanderbilt