Ja Morant Shouts Out Kennedy Chandler After Vols’ SEC Championship Win

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    Tennessee freshman Kennedy Chandler has been everywhere in the last week. The point guard was named to the All-SEC Second-Team last Tuesday before the SEC Tournament. Then, after the Vols’ SEC Championship victory on Sunday, Chandler was named to the All-SEC Tournament team and was named the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player.

    During the Vols’ three-game stretch in the tournament against Mississippi State, Kentucky, and Texas A&M, Chandler averaged 14.7 points, five assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game.

    After the Vols’ championship showcase following the game on Sunday, NBA mega-star and Memphis Grizzlies’ forward Ja Morant gave Memphis-native Kennedy Chandler some love on Twitter.

    “La brudda,” Morant said while quoting RTI’s video of Chandler receiving the SEC Tournament MVP award.

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    On the season to this point as a whole, Chandler is 13.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game.

    On Sunday night, the NCAA Tournament bracket was officially revealed, with Chandler and the Vols receiving a No. 3 seed in the South Region. A considerable amount of talk in the first 24 hours has been centered around how under-seeded Tennessee was – especially with Kentucky and Auburn coming in on the two-line. Nevertheless, the Vols are set up well in the tournament after playing their best basketball of the season in the last couple of weeks.

    This isn’t the first time that Kennedy Chandler and Ja Morant have linked up on social media, though.

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    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.