Written by: Jonathon Warriner
We take a look at the Ten Best Players in the SEC. Who is going to lead their teams to a conference title? Who has the best chance to win SEC Player of the Year? Who is just going to dominate the conference. It’s all right here
1.Michael Porter Jr. Missouri 6’10” Freshman
In a conference that is going to be run by freshmen, it only made sense to put the number one freshman in the class of 2017 at number one. Porter is a unique talent as he can play both forward positions and he is also very athletic and can run in transition. Porter has already won plenty of awards in High School, so him winning SEC Player of the year would surprise no one.
2.Collin Sexton Alabama 6’2” Freshman
Alabama in most polls right now is ranked in the Top-25 and the reason why is because of Collin Sexton. Sexton is quick and athletic and with his 6’6” Wingspan plays bigger than his size. While he is relatively new to the position of point guard, still expect him to get better especially with the parts he has around him Alabama.
3. Robert Williams Texas A&M 6’9” Sophomore
As a freshman Williams showed his high potential, he averaged 11.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, his play impressed scouts. Williams is 6’9” but has a 7 foot 5 inch Wingspan,using that Wingspan he averaged 2.5 blocks per game, while he still may not be fully developed thus far, do expect him to have a big season this year and solidify himself as a Top-10 prospect for the 2018 NBA Draft.
3.Hamidou Diallo Kentucky 6’5” Freshman
Kentucky once again enters as the favorite to win the SEC and part of the reason for that is the return of Hamidou Diallo. While Diallo actually never played a game last year, he did practice with the team making him a veteran compared to all these other Freshmen. Diallo’s Leadership will be a key for the Wildcats, but his raw talent makes him a threat to win SEC Player of the year.
4.KeVaughn Allen Florida 6’2” Junior
Last year as a sophomore, Allen lead Florida in scoring a notably had 35 points in Florida’s epic Sweet 16 win over Wisconsin last year. This year Allen will return as one of the Favorites for SEC Player of the year. The Gators come in with the most experience of the possible contenders for the SEC title and Allen is a big part of that.
5.Yante Maten Georgia 6’8” Senior
As a Junior Maten quickly became one of the household names in the SEC averaging 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. This year he will likely have his number called more times this year due to the loss of guard JJ Frazier, so expect his numbers to increase this upcoming season. This year with a higher workload, Maten will likely finish First team All-SEC and depending upon how good the Bulldogs are maybe win Conference Player of the year.
6.Kevin Knox Kentucky 6’9” Freshman
Kevin Knox is 6’9 with a 7 foot Wingspan, but his athleticism and his shooting make him a tough guard for most. While his game is still defined as raw, the ceiling on him is very high. Look for him to play mostly Small Forward and become one of the go to scorers for the Wildcats by the end of the season and First team All-SEC is well within his reach.
7. Quinndary Weatherspoon Mississippi State 6’4” Junior
As a Sophomore Weatherspoon became one of the premier players in the SEC, averaging 16.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. While his team struggled to a 16-16 record overall, Weatherspoon continued to impress. Overall this year expect the Bulldogs to be little bit better and try to contend for a Tournament spot, while Weatherspoon will probably also be better statistically as well. If the Bulldogs do somehow make the Tournament, it would be easy to argue Weatherspoon as the Conference Player of the year.
8. Braxton Key Alabama 6’8” Sophomore
As a Freshman Key, was a important piece for the Crimson Tide as they finished fifth in the conference. Key lead the Tide in scoring and rebounding averaging 12.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. This year with the addition of Collin Sexton, Key will be less relied upon to make big plays allowing him to play more free offensively. Look for Key’s numbers to go up even though he won’t be the centerpiece offensively.
9. Matthew Fisher-Davis Vanderbilt 6’5” Senior
Last year as a Junior Fisher-Davis became a key player, leading the Commodores in scoring and making big plays when the Commodores needed it the most. Sadly, his foul up one against Northwestern that basically gave Northwestern the win will be what is remembered most from last year. This year expect him to play with a chip on his shoulder, as he is now the unquestioned leader of the Commodores, with the loss of Luke Kornet. Expect him to probably average about 16 or 17 points per game and be selected to the All-SEC team.