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Florida forward Kerry Blackshear was named the Preseason SEC Player of the Year by the media, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Gators sophomore point guard Andrew Nembhard was named Second Team All-SEC while Florida was picked to finish second in the conference.

Blackshear transferred to Florida after a standout career at Virginia Tech. As a junior, Blackshear averaged 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Hokies.

Nembhard started all 36 games as a true freshman last season. The Montverde Academy alum averaged 8 points and 5.4 assists in 208-19.

Kentucky was projected to finish first for the ninth consecutive season.

Florida finished the season 20-16 and opened the NCAA Tournament with a 70-61 victory over Nevada before dropping the round of 32 game against Michigan.

The Gators open the 2019-20 campaign with a home date against North Florida on November 5.

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