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Trio Of Vols Earn All-SEC Honors From League’s Coaches

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Three different Tennessee basketball players earned All-SEC honors from the conference’s coaches Monday afternoon.

Santiago Vescovi and Zakai Zeigler each landed on All-SEC teams while Zeigler also made the All-Defensive team and Julian Phillips landed on the All-SEC Freshman Team.

Vescovi landed on the First Team after taking a strong senior season. The left-handed sharpshooter didn’t produce as strong of offensive numbers as he did during his junior campaign but still led the Vols with 12.7 points per game on 40% shooting from the field and 36% shooting from three-point range.

The Montevideo, Uruguay native continued his development as a strong defender, adding 1.9 steals per game to go along with his 4.6 rebounds and three assists per game.

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Zeigler landed on the Second Team despite suffering a season ending knee injury last week against Arkansas. The sophomore point guard averaged 10.7 points and 5.4 assists per game. Zeigler was developing into a complete point guard before his injury and led the SEC in assists in conference games.

The New York native landed on the All-Defensive team for the second straight season after averaging two steals per game and setting the tone of the nation’s best defense.

Five-star freshman Julian Phillips is one of eight players on the All-Freshman team and landed there despite missing four games in SEC play with a hip flexor. Phillips is averaging nine points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

You can view the complete All-SEC teams, All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams as well all other postseason honors here.

Tennessee returns to the court Thursday afternoon at the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Vols will face the winner of Ole Miss-South Carolina in game one. If Tennessee gets past the Rebels or Gamecocks, they’ll face Missouri in the quarterfinals Friday.

Tip-off between Tennessee and either Ole Miss or South Carolina is at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

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