Knox, Diallo named preseason all-SEC

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Freshmen Kentucky basketball players Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo were selected for the preseason all-Southeastern Conference teams by the league’s 14 head coaches, the league office announced Friday.

Knox was one of nine players selected to the first team, while Diallo is a member of the 10-player second team. Both players were also tabbed to the preseason all-SEC teams as selected by the league’s media members. Diallo, however, was a first-team pick by the media and Knox a second-team selection.

Knox is entering his freshman season at Kentucky as a top-10 prospect in the class of 2017, according to Scout, Rivals and ESPN. He was selected on the first team alongside Florida’s KeVaughn Allen, Georgia’s Yante Maten, Mississippi's Deandre Burnett, Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon, Missouri’s Michael Porter, Jr., Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis and Robert Williams and Vanderbilt’s Matthew Fisher-Davis.

The 2017 Mr. Florida winner averaged 28.5 points and 11.3 rebounds a game for Tampa Catholic as a senior where he finished with 2,760 career points. He led the Crusaders to a runner-up finish in the state tournament.

A 2017 McDonald’s All American, Knox scored 15 points and added three rebounds in the annual high school all-star game. He also scored 12 points in the Jordan Brand Classic and was a 2017 Naismith High School All-American second team selection and a three-time all-state first team member.

A 6-foot-5 guard, Diallo was a top-10 prospect in the class of 2017 by many national pundits. Both 247 Sports and Scout rated him as the No. 1 overall shooting guard. He is joined on the all-SEC second team by Alabama’s Braxton Key and Collin Sexton, Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon, Auburn’s Mustapha Heron, Florida’s Chris Chiozza, Mississippi's Terence Davis, South Carolina’s Chris Silva and Tennessee’s Grant Williams.

During his final high school season, Diallo led Putnam Science Academy to a 38-3 overall record and an appearance in the state semifinals. He is a two-time all-state honoree and averaged 19 points, six rebounds and three assists during his senior campaign.