Sesay Named SEC Player of the Year

March 4, 1998

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Ole Miss senior forward Ansu Sesay has been selected the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Year, as announced on Wednesday morning by the league office. Sesay was also the only unanimous choice to the All-SEC first team, which was also released on Wednesday. The SEC Player of the Year award and All-SEC teams were voted on by the league's coaches.

"Ansu is the best player in the SEC," said Ole Miss head coach Rob Evans. "It is a great honor for him to be selected for this award by the coaches in the conference. Ansu has had a fabulous year. He is the conference's leading scorer and is one of the league's top rebounders and field goal percentage shooters, and he led his team to a second straight SEC Western Division championship. It is a special honor for him, and he is very deserving of it."

Sesay is the first Rebel to be honored as the SEC Player of the Year since Johnny Neumann received the award in 1971. For the second straight year, Sesay was a consensus pick to the All-SEC first team. Joining Sesay on the coaches All-SEC first team were Nazr Mohammed of Kentucky, Horatio Webster of Mississippi State, BJ McKie of South Carolina and Drew Maddux of Kentucky.

On Tuesday, Sesay was named to the Basketball Times All-America second team. He was also selected the United States Basketball Writers' Association (USBWA) District 4 Player of the Year and was named to the All-District 4 squad. Earlier this week, Sesay was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 first team.

Sesay leads the Rebels in scoring and rebounding with averages of 19.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, respectively. The SEC's scoring leader, Sesay is also among the league's leaders in rebounding (5th; 7.5), field goal percentage (4th; 47.4) and free throw percentage (8th; 74.0). He has scored in double figures in 50 consecutive games, and has also recorded 10 double-doubles this season. Sesay is No. 9 on the Ole Miss career scoring list with 1,388 points. Last year, Sesay was named to College Hoops Insider All-America fourth team.

The No. 10 ranked Rebels (21-5) return to action on Friday, Mar. 6 when they will meet either Georgia (15-13) or Mississippi State (15-14) in the second round of the SEC Tournament. Game time is 2:15 p.m. (CT). Ole Miss is the SEC Western Division No. 1 seed in the tournament.

SEC Player of the Year -- Ansu Sesay, Ole Miss All-SEC First Team -- Ansu Sesay, Ole Miss*; Nazr Mohammed, Kentucky; Horatio Webster, Mississippi State; BJ McKie, South Carolina; Drew Maddux, Vanderbilt

*Unanimous selection

All-SEC Second Team -- Pat Bradley, Arkansas; Nick Davis, Arkansas; Bryant Smith, Auburn; Scott Padgett, Kentucky; Melvin Watson, South Carolina; C.J. Black, Tennessee All-SEC Third Team -- Jumaine Jones, Georgia; G.G. Smith, Georgia; Tyrone Washington, Mississippi State; Tony Harris, Tennessee; Brandon Wharton, Tennessee


 

 

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