Saiz Earns First Team All-SEC Honors

Senior Leads SEC In Rebounding

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss senior forward Sebastian Saiz has been named to the All-SEC first team by the league’s coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.

The 2017 C Spire Howell Trophy winner, as the best men’s collegiate player in Mississippi, is the 16th All-SEC honoree under head coach Andy Kennedy, which is the third most in the league over the last 11 years trailing only Kentucky and Florida. Saiz is also the first Ole Miss big man to earn first team All-SEC honors since Justin Reed in 2004.

A native of Madrid Spain, Saiz leads the SEC, and ranks seventh in the nation, in rebounding this season pulling down 10.9 boards a game. The SEC’s active career rebounding leader, he recently moved past Reggie Buckner into third in Ole Miss history with 937 rebounds. Saiz has topped both 1,000 points and 900 boards in his career and joined Rebel great Murphy Holloway as the only two players in school history with 1,000 points and 900 rebounds.

Saiz is also first player in school history and just the 16th player in SEC history with 1,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 blocked shots. He also picked up first team All-District IV team honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the media organization announced Tuesday. Saiz is one of ten honorees named to the squad consisting of players the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Saiz and the Rebels open SEC Tournament play Thursday 8:30 pm against the Auburn-Missouri winner.

First Team All-SEC

KeVaughn Allen, Florida

J.J. Frazier, Georgia

Yante Maten, Georgia

De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss

Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Kasey Hill, Florida

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky

Antonio Blakeney, LSU

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Miss State

Robert Hubbs III, Tennessee

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

All-Freshman Team

Braxton Key, Alabama

Mustapha Heron, Auburn

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky

De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Lamar Peters, Mississippi St.

Grant Williams, Tennessee

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

All-Defensive Team

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Kasey Hill, Florida

Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

Coach of the Year: Mike White, Florida

Player of the Year: Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

Freshman of the Year: Malik Monk, Kentucky

Sixth-Man of the Year: Canyon Barry, Florida

Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Williams, Texas A&M