Hogs elected to finish second in SEC, Smith named first-team preseason All-SEC

The Arkansas men’s basketball team was selected to finish second in the conference for the upcoming season and freshman Nick Smith Jr. was named a preseason All-SEC First Team by a panel of SEC members and national media .

Eric Musselman’s team features 11 newcomers: six freshmen and five transfers. The No. 2 preseason pick is the highest for Arkansas since being selected to win the SEC West before the 2007-08 season.

Smith became the first freshman in program history to be named a preseason First Team All-SEC. He is the 11th Razorback to be named a preseason All-SEC, joining Todd Day (1991-92), Scotty Thurman (1993-94 and 1994-95, Corliss Williamson (1993-94 and 1994-95), Joe Johnson (2000 – 01), Ronnie Brewer (2005-06), Patrick Beverley (2007-080), BJ Young (2012-13), Bobby Portis (2014-15), Moses Kingsley (2016-17) and Daniel Gafford (2018-19 ) .

The Hogs will face Rogers State in a home exhibition next Monday at 7 pm at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas’ next showcase will be a benefit game at No. 12 Texas on Saturday, October 29 to open Longhorn’s new Moody Center.

The Razorbacks’ season will officially kick off on Monday, November 7, when the state of North Dakota comes to town. The game will kick off at 7 pm inside the Bud Walton Arena.

First Team Preseason All-SEC

Nick Smith, Jr. – Arkansas

Colin Castleton-Florida

Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky

Sahvir Wheeler–Kentucky

Bishops of Santiago – Tennessee

Second Team Preseason All-SEC

Brandon Miller-Alabama

Jahvon Quinerly–Alabama

KJ Williams–LSU

Josiah Jordan-James – Tennessee

Zakai Zeigler-Tennessee

SEC Preseason Player of the Year

Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky

Expected order of completion


2. Arkansas

3. Tennessee



6.Texas A&M

7. florida

8. LSU

9. Be Miss

10. State of Mississippi

11. Missouri


13. Georgia

14. South Carolina

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