Reed, Austin to Represent Vanderbilt at SEC Basketball Leadership Council

Sept. 14, 2017

SEC Release

BIRMINGHAM– Senior women’s basketball player Christa Reed and junior Larry Austin, Jr. from the men’s team will represent Vanderbilt basketball at the annual SEC Basketball Leadership Council this weekend at the SEC offices in Birmingham. The two councils consist of one male representative and one female representative from each of the SEC’s 14 institutions.

“I am super grateful to be part of SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Council,” said Reed. “I have gotten to meet so many great people and athletes from other schools. The good thing is that we get to come together to brainstorm ideas to make our conference, our own schools and teams better. I appreciate the advice we get from speakers and other players so I'm hoping that I can spread and practice it in our setting here at Vanderbilt so that we can maximize our opportunities as a team and as a program.” 

Among the agenda items for the group is a conversation with Commissioner Greg Sankey followed by a review of NCAA and SEC legislative items related to basketball. The 28 student-athletes will also have an opportunity to engage with men’s and women’s basketball officials on rules of the game and student-athlete/referee interaction.

Renee Brown, former WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, will meet with the women’s representatives to discuss careers in professional sports and WNBA preparedness, while the men’s representatives will hear from former ESPN College Basketball analyst Andy Katz on the topics of careers in broadcasting and personal and professional image and branding.

The Men’s Basketball Leadership Council and the Women’s Basketball Leadership Council comprise two components of the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Council. The third component is the Football Leadership Council. For the second consecutive year, the groups will gather in Atlanta the week of the SEC Football Championship Game in December for a career exploration tour. 

Men’s Basketball
Daniel Giddens, Alabama
Adrio Bailey, Arkansas
Anfernee McLemore, Auburn
Kevarrius Hayes, Florida
Connor O’Neil, Georgia
Dillon Pulliam, Kentucky
Skylar Mays, LSU
Breein Tyree, Ole Miss
Mitchell Storm, Mississippi State
Brett Rau, Missouri
Maik Kotsar, South Carolina
Kyle Alexander, Tennessee
Admon Gilder, Texas A&M
Larry Austin, Jr., Vanderbilt 

Women’s Basketball
Hannah Cook, Alabama
Jailyn Mason, Arkansas
Janiah McKay, Auburn
Haley Lorenzen, Florida
Taja Cole, Georgia
Alyssa Rice, Kentucky
Jaelyn Richard-Harris, LSU
Shandricka Sessom, Ole Miss
Blair Schaefer, Mississippi State
Jordan Frericks, Missouri
A’Ja Wilson, South Carolina
Mercedes Russell, Tennessee
Danni Williams, Texas A&M
Christa Reed, Vanderbilt

For more information on the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team check them out on the website at , Twitter at @VandyWBB., Instagram at @VandyWBB and on Facebook at Vandy Hoops.  You can follow the men’s team on Twitter at @VandyMBB.



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