ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 12: Head coach Billy Donovan talks to Kenny Boynton #1 and Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators during their 77 to 66 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Florida begins its 2011-2012 men's basketball season November 11 with against Jackson State. We'll be previewing the Gators with posts both short and long each weekday from now until then, and probably a bit after. We'll call it 15 For 15, in honor of Billy Donovan's 15th season as Florida's head coach.
Today, the media selections for the 2011-12 Preseason All-SEC teams were announced, and Florida fared very well: Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton were each named first-team All-SEC performers, while Patric Young was named to the second team. I don't know why eight players were named first-teamers and nine were named second-teamers, and I really can't say that I didn't roll my eyes at that, but I do think this shows a bit of the depth that Florida has. No team has more than three combined selections (Vanderbilt and Kentucky both tie Florida in that department), and only Vanderbilt has more first-teamers, with John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor, and Festus Ezeli all earning first-team honors.
But remember two things: last year, Florida had four preseason All-SEC selections, with Walker and Boynton joined by Chandler Parsons and Alex Tyus, and freshmen are only rarely given preseason All-SEC honors, meaning that Brad Beal may be being overlooked here.