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Keon Johnson, Jaden Springer named to SEC All-Freshman team; Yves Pons named to All-Defensive team

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The SEC announced their end of the year superlatives this morning, and the Tennessee Volunteers were shut out of the first two All-SEC teams. They did make appearances on the All-Freshman and All-Defensive squads, however.

Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer, two five-star prospects from last year’s class, each made the All-Freshman team. The talented duo got off to a slow start after COVID took much of their preseason activities from them, but eventually found their groove in SEC play. Springer led the team, averaging 12 points per game for the year. Johnson ended third on the team in scoring, putting up just over ten points per contest.

Both Johnson and Springer are expected to head to the NBA this offseason.

Yves Pons, the 2019-20 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the SEC’s All-Defensive team. Alabama’s Herb Jones was named this year’s Defensive Player of the Year. Pons blocked 1.6 shots per game in his final season at Tennessee, taking a slight step back from his production as a junior.

Take a look at the full list of all-conference teams and awards below.


First Team All-SEC

Herbert Jones, Alabama

John Petty Jr., Alabama

Moses Moody, Arkansas

Tre Mann, Florida

Cameron Thomas, LSU

Devontae Shuler, Ole Miss

Dru Smith, Missouri

Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt


Second Team All-SEC

Jaden Shackelford, Alabama

Colin Castleton, Florida

Sahvir Wheeler, Georgia

Javonte Smart, LSU

Trendon Watford, LSU

D.J. Stewart Jr., Mississippi State

Jeremiah Tilmon, Missouri

AJ Lawson, South Carolina


All-Freshman Team

Joshua Primo, Alabama

Moses Moody, Arkansas

Sharife Cooper, Auburn

KD Johnson, Georgia

Isaiah Jackson, Kentucky

Cameron Thomas, LSU

Keon Johnson, Tennessee

Jaden Springer, Tennessee


All-Defensive Team

Herbert Jones, Alabama

Isaiah Jackson, Kentucky

Abdul Ado, Mississippi State

Dru Smith, Missouri

Yves Pons, Tennessee


Coach of the Year: Nate Oats, Alabama

Player of the Year: Herbert Jones, Alabama

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Dylan Disu, Vanderbilt

Freshman of the Year: Moses Moody, Arkansas

Sixth-Man of the Year: JD Notae, Arkansas

Defensive Player of the Year: Herbert Jones, Alabama