October 17, 2013
Kentucky was picked as the preseason SEC favorite (oh, and the nation's, too), Julius Randle was tabbed the preseason conference Player of the Year even though he has yet to log a single SEC minute, and three of his teammates made the SEC Second Team.
What did the rest of the league have to say about this highly touted group? Here are some select quotes the SEC released (and for more, I'd suggest Jerry Tipton's Twitter, as he was one of the only local writers to make the trip down):
Patric Young, Florida
On a freshman being named preseason POY: "I am not surprised, coming out of high school, there is all the hype and what-not, it doesn’t really mean too much. The one that really counts is the one at the end of the year. This guy has not gone through any adversity or played a single minute yet, so we will see how things turn out.”
Tony Barbee, Auburn coach
On Calipari: "He’s more than a great recruiter. He’s also a great coach. Recruiting is just one aspect of it, but he’s as good of a motivator and coach as anyone. He’s probably better in those two areas than recruiting, and we all know what a great recruiter he is.”
Jordan McRae, Tennessee
On Randle being named preseason POY: "
Frank Martin, South Carolina coach
On Calipari: "I have an unbelievable amount of respect for him. He’s a relentless recruiter and coaches as well as anyone else in the country. To take on that challenge of coaching guys for one year is as hard as it gets. A couple years ago when they won the championship, they had some phenomenal young players, but the guys that came through down the stretch were his upperclassmen. He didn’t have that last year, but he’s got it this year. I expect their team to be real good this year."
Allen Payne, Auburn
On the league: "I think it will be a good league, as it always is. I think it’ll be very competitive, especially with Kentucky bringing in the young talent that they have, and Coach Donovan at Florida always puts a good product on the floor."