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Tennessee point guard Kennedy Chandler has been named the latest recipient of the SEC Freshman of the Week award.
Chandler, who helped lead Tennessee to an impressive 2-0 week, was named the winner of the award on Monday.
Tennessee PG Kennedy Chandler is the SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in the Vols' 2-0 week.
Second time Chandler has earned the honor this season.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) February 28, 2022
The talented freshman from Memphis began his week last Tuesday with 37 minutes of action during the Vols’ game against Missouri. Chandler was dynamite on the road, ending the game with 23 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
Then, a few days later, Chandler was a critical component of Tennessee’s win over No. 3 Auburn in Knoxville.
In the Vols’ 67-62 win against Auburn, Chandler had 13 points, two rebounds, and two assists.
Chandler’s father, Kylan Chandler, shared his excitement with Twitter on Monday afternoon.
CONGRATS KENNEDY‼️ pic.twitter.com/JDrVmzDWRA
— Kylan Chandler (@kylanent1911) February 28, 2022
Tennessee Basketball: Kennedy Chandler Has Leveled Up
This is the second time that Chandler has won the SEC’s Freshman of the Week award this season. His first time winning was on Nov. 15, 2021, during the first week of the season.
Chandler has collected five recognitions so far this season according to Tennessee Athletics, including:
- SEC Freshman of the Week – Feb. 28, 2022
- Dick Vitale’s Elite Eight Diaper Dandies – Feb. 23, 2022
- Bob Cousy Award Top 10 Finalist – Jan. 31, 2022
- Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List – Jan. 27, 2022
- SEC Freshman of the Week – Nov. 15, 2021
Chandler has been on a tear on the offensive end of the court recently, scoring double-digits in seven of his last eight games.
Additionally, Chandler has raised his game on the defensive side as well, becoming one of the top defenders in the conference.
“[Chandler has] learned how to read defenses and he’s talking,” Tennessee HC Rick Barnes said after the Missouri game. “He looked over at me tonight and said, ‘Hey coach, they’re switching one through four.’ So I looked at him and said, ‘Well, you know what to do. You take advantage of it.’ He’s talking. He’s just matured so much, understanding and learning there’s so much more to the game than what he had thought- in terms of how he always played with the ball in his hands, and when he didn’t have it he stood [still].”