SEC announces preseason all-conference teams

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There are some questions I have about the Preseason All-SEC team that the conference announced on Thursday — namely, how in the world is Karl Towns on the second team? — but my biggest issue is the team itself.

There are nine players on the first team and eight on the second team.

What?

Look, I get that there are different philosophies regarding how to do awards like this. Growing up in Big East country, I have always awarded a Player of the Year and then made a five-man all-league first team that didn’t include the Player of the Year. Some have five-man first teams or ten-man first teams.

But nine and eight?

I can’t get behind that.

Anyway, here they are:

First Team All-SEC

Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida Jr.
Michael Frazier II, Florida, Jr.
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, So.
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, So.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt, So.
Charles Mann, Georgia, Jr.
Jordan Mickey, LSU, So.
Bobby Portis, Arkansas, So.
Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss, Sr.

Second Team All-SEC

Alex Caruso, A&M, Jr.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, Jr.
KT Harrell, Auburn, Sr.
Jarell Martin, LSU, So.
Alex Poythress, Kentucky, Jr.
Josh Richardson, Tennessee, Sr.
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina, So.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, Fr.