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Collin Sexton, Donta Hall Earns All-SEC Honors From Coaches

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The SEC men’s basketball regular season awards were handed out on Tuesday. Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Donta Hall were among the players honored by the conference’s coaches.

“Those guys have worked awfully hard and they should be commended for their hard work,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said on Tuesday. “They’re a joy to coach and I know their teammates are going to proud of them.”

Sexton was an easy selection for the SEC’s All-Freshman Team but he split the honors of Freshman of the Year with Kentucky’s Kevin Knox. Sexton averaged 16.8 points and 3.8 assists per game in conference play. The Crimson Tide’s star point guard looked to have a lock on the award at the beginning of the season and was supposed to be in the conversation of SEC Player of the Year.

Sexton was named to the second team All-SEC team. Alabama’s leading scorer shot just 40 percent from the field in SEC play, which was mostly pulled down by his 24 percent 3-point shooting. He still finished in the conference’s top ten in scoring, field goals made and free throws made. He also had the league’s highest usage percentage at the end of the regular season.

“I would not get it if it was not for my teammates and coaching staff because they helped put me in the right positions all season,” Sexton said about receiving the award.

Donta Hall was in the mix for Defensive Player of the Year but the coaches voted for Texas A&M’s Robert Williams and South Carolina’s Chris Silva instead. Hall was still named to the conference’s All-Defensive Team. The junior forward averaged a career-high 2.3 blocks per game.

Hall had at least four blocks in six different games including eight blocks in the Tide’s win over Oklahoma. He finished second in the conference in total blocks, ahead of Williams and Silva, and was ninth in defensive rebounds. And if you’re into the advanced stats, Hall finished in the top five in block percentage, defensive rating and defensive plus/minus.

The two Alabama honorees will be in the spotlight with the rest of their team on Thursday in St. Louis. The 9-seeded Crimson Tide will be playing against the 8-seeded Texas A&M Aggies. The game is scheduled to tip off at noon and will be televised on SEC Network.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @BamaHoopsHype.

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