BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Heading into the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament this week, a trio of Rebels earned recognition as the league office released postseason awards and All-SEC teams Tuesday morning. Voted by the conference’s coaches, Breein Tyree was named First Team All-SEC, while Terence Davis collected Second Team All-SEC honors. In his first season as Ole Miss head coach, Kermit Davis was tabbed SEC Coach of the Year by his peers as well as the Associated Press.
Kermit Davis became the sixth Ole Miss men’s basketball coach to earn SEC Coach of the Year honors. He joined the winningest coach in program history, Andy Kennedy, as the only two coaches to be named SEC Coach of the Year in his first season guiding the Rebels. Not even a full year into his tenure in Oxford, Davis has Ole Miss knocking on the door of its first NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons and just the third in the past 17 years. The Leakesville, Mississippi, native has led one of the biggest turnarounds in the country, as the Rebels improved from 12-20 (5-13 SEC) a season ago to 20-11 (10-8 SEC) heading into the conference tournament. The eight-win improvement is ranked 11th in the nation as well as the best among Power 5 schools.
“First of all, I would like to thank Ross Bjork for giving me this wonderful opportunity at Ole Miss,” the Rebel head coach said. “It’s an honor to be recognized among such an elite group of coaches that we have in the SEC. A huge thanks to the hard work of our coaching staff, support staff and players that make these awards possible.”
COURTESY: Ole Miss Athletics