SEC Basketball: A Look at the Conference’s Top 4 Players

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SEC Basketball 2012: Top 4 Players in the Conference

SEC Basketball
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The SEC will be one of the best conferences in all of college basketball in the upcoming season. The conference did consist of the national championship of last year and all. With great teams comes great players and the SEC certainly is not lacking in that department. So let’s look at the top-four players in the conference entering the season.

Although the SEC lost some pretty good players to the NBA draft, such as Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones and Bradley Beal, there will be plenty of talented newcomers and players already in the SEC that will hold their own in the conference.

As you could have guessed, three of the top players in the conference are on the Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats. However, the fourth player may surprise some, coming from the Arkansas Razorbacks. One of the players on Florida will be entering his senior year, while the player on the Wildcats is a freshman, but plays very much like the best player on Kentucky’s team from last year.

Many players in the SEC could, of course, make a great case for being one of the top-three players in the conference, but these three players get the nod going into the season. Trevor Releford, Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon don’t even make this list. That is how stacked the SEC will be this year.

Get ready for the upcoming season by reading on to see the top four players in the SEC entering the 2012-13 college basketball season.

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4. Patric Young, Florida

Florida
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Patric Young hans’t been the center of attention on Florida the past couple of seasons, but he will be one of the go-to guys for the Gators in the upcoming season. So, expect him to score more than 10.2 points per game.

Young’s best feature is his defensive abilities, thanks to his rebounding and shot-blocking skills. He averaged 6.4 boards per game last season.

The Gators may be a three-point shooting team, but they will go to Young a lot more in the upcoming season. Expect Young to be one of the most dominant centers in the SEC.

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3. B.J. Young, Arkansas

Arkansas
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As a freshman, Young was able to average 15.3 points per game. He is a very elite scorer and will put up even more points for the Razorbacks in the 2012-13 college basketball season.

As a combo guard, Young is flawless with the basketball. He has great dribbles and he is just as fast as anyone with the ball. Young certainly has no problem getting to the rim, thanks to his nice floater and ability to get to the basket.

Arkansas’ success will depend on how well Young plays this season, and odds are he will have a pretty darn good season.

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2. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

Kentucky
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Nerlens Noel hans’t even played a single minute in college and he is already being considered as one of the preseason favorites to win the Naismith trophy. That is how good he is.

Noel is much like Anthony Davis. He is a huge force on the defensive side of the ball and blocks shots at will. However, Noel has more upside to his offensive game and should be pretty productive for the Wildcats in this department.

Although Noel’s offense won’t be essential to Kentucky’s success, it will definitely be a bonus.

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1. Kenny Boynton, Florida Gators

Florida
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Kenny Boynton is the best player in the SEC entering the season. Boynton was able to lead a Florida team in points (15.9 PPG) last season, that had Erving Walker and Bradley Beal on it.

Boynton is one heck of a scorer and really has a chance to lead the SEC this year in that department, since he will be the go-to guy for the Gators and all this season. Boynton may be known as a streaky shooter, but he still managed to shoot 44 percent from the field last season.

Boynton has the range to pretty much shoot from anywhere on the court, but he can also drive to the basket when he wants to. Simply put, he is a scoring machine and is the best player in the SEC.

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