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Reed Sheppard Named SEC Freshman of the Year

Reed Sheppard of Kentucky in last Saturday's action against Tennessee in Knoxville. (Photo by Regina Hubbard)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference unveiled its men’s basketball post season awards Monday as selected by the league’s 14 head coaches.


South Carolina’s Lamont Paris was named SEC Coach of the Year and Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht was selected the SEC Player of the Year. Missouri’s Sean East III earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Kentucky’s Reed Sheppard was tabbed SEC Freshman of the Year, Tennessee’s Zakai Zeigler was named Defensive Player of the Year and Kentucky’s Rob Dillingham was voted SEC Sixth Man of the Year.


First-team and second-team All-SEC honorees, All-Freshman team, All-Defensive team, along with Player, Coach and Freshman, Defensive, Sixth-Man, and Scholar-Athlete of the Year were chosen by the league’s 14 coaches. Ties were not broken. 

2023-24 SEC Men’s Basketball Awards


First Team

Mark Sears, Alabama

Johni Broome, Auburn

Zyon Pullin, Florida

Antonio Reeves, Kentucky

Tolu Smith III, Mississippi State

Dalton Knecht, Tennessee

Zakai Zeigler, Tennessee

Wade Taylor IV, Texas A&M


Second Team

Jaylin Williams, Auburn

Walter Clayton Jr., Florida

Rob Dillingham, Kentucky

Reed Sheppard, Kentucky

Matthew Murrell, Ole Miss

Josh Hubbard, Mississippi State

Ta’Lon Cooper, South Carolina

Meechie Johnson, South Carolina

Jonas Aidoo, Tennessee

All-Defensive Team

Johni Broome, Auburn

Cameron Matthews, Mississippi State

Jonas Aidoo, Tennessee

Zakai Zeigler, Tennessee

Andersson Garcia, Texas A&M

All-Freshman Team

Aden Holloway, Auburn

Alex Condon, Florida

Silas Demary Jr., Georgia

Rob Dillingham, Kentucky

Reed Sheppard, Kentucky

D.J. Wagner, Kentucky

Josh Hubbard, Mississippi State

Collin Murray-Boyles, South Carolina


Coach of the Year: Lamont Paris, South Carolina

Player of the Year: Dalton Knecht, Tennessee

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sean East II, Missouri

Freshman of the Year: Reed Sheppard, Kentucky

Sixth-Man of the Year: Rob Dillingham, Kentucky

Defensive Player of the Year: Zakai Zeigler, Tennessee


Kentucky men’s basketball swept this week’s Southeastern Conference Awards as Antonio Reeves was selected as the league’s Player of the Week, while Reed Sheppard was tabbed Freshman of the Week, it was announced on Monday.  


It marks the first sweep of the SEC weekly honors for Kentucky this season, a feat which comes after the Wildcats earned victories over both Vanderbilt and No. 4 Tennessee to secure the No. 2 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament.  


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