So, what happens when Slay feels snubbed?
Well, Georgia head man Jim Harrick snubbed Slay earlier this year by omitting him from a list of the top five players in the SEC. Slay responded by posting his two highest scoring outputs in league play -- 33 and 29 points -- against Harrick's Bulldogs.
Instead of Slay, the Atlanta Tipoff Club tabbed Kentucky's Keith Bogans, Florida's Matt Bonner, Georgia's Jarvis Hayes and Mississippi State's Mario Austin as candidates for the Naismith Award. All are great players but none is as vital to his team as Slay is to Tennessee, which is 15-7 and closing in on an NCAA tournament bid.
Slay, who didn't even make the midseason checklist for the John Wooden Award (and, as such, is not in the running for that award) should be feeling fully motivated these days. And a fully motivated Slay is bad news for anyone who will be trying to stop him in Tennessee's five remaining regular-season games.
Just ask Jim Harrick.