Vescovi, Zeigler, Earn USBWA and NABC All-District Honors

Vescovi, Zeigler, Earn USBWA and NABC All-District Honors

Senior Santiago Vescovi and sophomore Zakai Zeigler each earned all-district honors from the USBWA and NABC, the organizations announced Tuesday.
The duo earned All-District IV honors from the USBWA and second-team All-District 20 from the NABC.
Vescovi, who earlier this month became just the fifth Vol since 2000 to earn multiple All-SEC first-team selections from the league’s coaches, is Tennessee’s team leader in scoring (12.9 ppg), minutes (32.9 mpg) and 3-point makes (83) entering the NCAA Tournament.
For the second straight year, Vescovi finished SEC regular-season play as the league leader in 3-point percentage, shooting .387 (46 of 119) from beyond the arc during conference games. He also finished second in the league in 3-point makes per game with 2.71.
On the defensive end, Vescovi finished eighth in the league with 1.7 steals per game during conference play.
The senior ranks third in Tennessee history in career made 3-pointers (274) and 29th in program history with 1,292 career points.
In his second season on Rocky Top, Zeigler continued his stellar play that made him a fan favorite as a freshman.
The second-team All-SEC selection finished conference play averaging a league-leading 6.5 assists per game with 111 total assists—29 more than the next-highest-ranking assist-maker despite having played just 16 full games and suffering a torn ACL just three minutes into the Feb. 28 game against Arkansas.
Zeigler also ranked second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio with a 2.92 mark, and defensively, ranked sixth in the league with 1.8 steals per game—which earned him his second straight SEC All-Defensive team selection.
Zeigler is one of 10 national semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
Fourth-seeded Tennessee opens NCAA Tournament play Thursday in Orlando, Florida, against No. 13 seed Louisiana. Tip off is set for 9:40 p.m. ET on CBS.

-UT Athletics

Vols guards Santiago Vescovi and Zakai Zeigler / Credit: UT Athletics

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