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SEC Pre-Season Power Rankings:Arkansas in familiar spot

Arkansas is loaded to win now and the future.At the guard spots they have former five-stars Will Schuhmacher,Charlie Radtke,Manny Wilkins,and former five-star forwards William Wilson,Joe Myers,and Fred Stewart.Former five-star centers include Anthony Agnes.Hayes Harris was the highest ranked goalie coming out of high school this decade becoming the first top three player in the country as a a goalie forever.If the hogs run Schuhmacher,Radtke,Wilson,Stewart,Agnes,and Harris they are bound to make another national title run.

Led by Senior Guard Mark Feland and Sophomore Guard Christian Thomas,Georgia landed some top recruits including Freddy Jones at forward.Georgia is likely to win the SEC East and then make a title run in 2019.

Alabama may be ranked lower than Missouri but with returning wing Evan Brown,and the number two ranked center in the country,Greg Little,Alabama is pressured to move up the rankings fast,and they should.Greg Williams and Chrishaun Thomas should bring versatility whether they are playing power forward or center,and three and d star Andrew McCaffrey should be a fifty-five percent three goal shooter once again.

Missouri brings back a top five point guard in the country in KaKa Hield,and a surprise at Small Forward in Mason Qunicy.They lose esatblished combo guard Don Powell but should be good for the near future,making elite eights.

Auburn lost top ten pick in the NTBL draft,Cam Jones,but replace him with rising Senior guard Thomp Walker.The tigers bring in Central Arkansas transfer Rakeem Maton,who sat out last season,the top player in Georgia,Trevor James,and Antonio Pointer as wings.

6.Mississippi State
Mississippi State returns the best small forward in the country in senior Jonathan Norfolk,Naples transfer Mason Cook,and senior Point Guard Theo Chalmers.Expect a twenty-five win season from the Bulldogs.

LSU returns a star at center in Greg Hughes,and two established guards in James Schuhmacher and Marty Williger.LSU should be a near lock to make the NCAAs.

8.Ole Miss
Fred Manning returns as a top five shooting guard in the country,and the Rebs gained four-star point guard Keenan Tuey.This could be enough for an eight or nine seed in the NCAAs.

9.South Carolina
South Carolina returns guards Kenny Matthews (Senior),and Erlon Johnson (Junior) but are in for a tough ride in the SEC East.A trip to Gainesville with a win would get them a jolt start in the SEC come week three.

Yes,a blue blood program has fallen down this far.Guards Dallas Houston and Cam Wells should be good vets to guards like Greg Frazier.T.J. Stoudemire,one of the top goalies in the country should bring one last good year before heading to the NTBL.

While they did lose Kathlon Robinson to UALR,they return a senior guard in Shep James.Kentucky should be a NIT team by the season’s end.

There’s really no bright spots but they did beat Vandy twice last year,winning the season series.Their is really no reasons why they can’t do it again.

Len and Luke Eerie made it clear that they would be gone after their junior seasons and again a zero win team in the SEC in 2017-18.The Eeries did not care and are now on a summer team roster in the NTBL.

14.Texas A&M
Texas A&M’s real problem:Texas.Texas (and Dallas too,sometimes) grab all of the recruits in A&M’s area.A&M is again expected to be a zero win conference team.

By Carter Huff

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