This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
The SEC had numerous intriguing teams that could have made a deep run in the 2020 NCAA Tournament last season before it was ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league will continue to run deep in 2020-21 with many teams capable at making the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee appears to be the strongest team in the conference, although it may have tough competition from Kentucky if Oliver Sarr is ultimately granted a waiver for eligibility this season.
The league doesn't retain any of its top-10 leading scorers from a season ago, so the scoring title is very much up in the air. With many players capable of accomplishing the crown, the 2020-21 campaign figures to be alluring. Keyontae Johnson is the only returning athlete nominated All-SEC First-Team in 2019-20 and figures to be the early candidate for SEC Preseason Player of the Year. The conference will also once again be loaded with young talent headlined by nine incoming freshman from Rivals' top-40 list.
Overall: Keyontae Johnson, F, Florida
After testing the waters of the NBA Draft, Johnson ultimately elected to return for his junior season and should be considered the frontrunner for SEC Player of the Year. An All-SEC First-Team pick from a season ago, Johnson averaged a team-best 14.1 points per game to go along with 7.1 rebounds. The forward also tallied eight double-doubles. With the departures of Kerry Blackshear and Andrew Nembhard, two Gators that finished in the team's top-3 in scoring in