Auburn's Harrell Honored At Tournament

Auburn senior K.T. Harrell has been named to the SEC All-Tournament team.

Nashville, Tenn..--Senior guard K.T. Harrell was named to the SEC Men’s Basketball All-Tournament Team on Sunday, the first Auburn player to win the honor since the 2009 event.

Harrell’s play was a key factor in the Tigers defeating Mississippi State, Texas A&M and LSU to reach the semi-finals of the tournament where the Tigers lost to unbeaten Kentucky.

The SEC’s leading scorer this season with an average of 18.5 points per game, Harrell averaged 21.5 points per contest at the league tournament with 19 vs. Mississippi State, 25 vs. Texas A&M, a career-high 29 vs. LSU and 13 vs. Kentucky in the semi-finals loss to the Wildcats on Saturday.

Harrell said he was pleased with his team’s effort in Nashville despite the loss to Kentucky, the eventual tournament champ.

“We fought and we fought,” the guard said. “A lot of guys played heavy minutes and the legs were a little weary, but that is no excuse. When you get out there on the floor you have to give it all you have got and try to fight. I am just proud of everybody because that is what we did.”

Auburn’s last player to make the all-league tournament team was Korvotney Barber in 2009. The last time the Tigers won at least three games in the SEC Tournament was when they won four in a row to take the championship in 1985.

Joining Harrell on the all-tournament squad are Most Valuable Player winner Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky plus his teammates, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison, along with Michael Qualls of Arkansas.

Harrell was named to the All-SEC first team and was a second team all-league choice by the coaches.

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