Vanderbilt junior Jeffery Taylor was named All-Southeastern Conference First Team in preseason voting by select conference and national media members, the conference announced Monday.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pounder was the lone Commodore to earn all-conference recognition. The guard/forward averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds last year as he picked up all-conference second team accolades.
Vanderbilt was picked to finish fifth in the SEC East. Tennessee was picked fourth but also got two first-place votes among the 20 ballots cast.
The Commodores finished second behind league champion Kentucky in 2009-10 and reached the NCAA tournament. They lost nearly 28 points a game with the graduation of Jermaine Beal and A.J. Ogilvy’s decision to make himself available for the NBA draft.
Florida, which reached the NCAA Tournament and returned all five of its starters, was picked to win the SEC East and the regular-season championship. Mississippi State was chosen as the SEC West champion.
Georgia’s Trey Thompkins was selected as the SEC Player of the Year. The junior guard averaged nearly 18 points and eight rebounds a game last year.