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Reggie Perry is just the second Mississippi State player to earn SEC Player of the Year honors

Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry was drafted 57th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday.

His pick was then shortly traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

“It definitely feels good to hear my name called,” Perry said. “I was nervous but confident at the same time all throughout the second round. Playing in the NBA has been a dream of mine since I was little. I can’t wait to get to Brooklyn and get to work. I’m on a great team, a championship contending team, with great players. I know a lot of people in the front office, and I feel they have a lot of confidence in me. Mississippi State prepared me for the NBA by helping me mature on and off the court. The coaching staff made me a better leader, held me accountable and made sure I’d stayed in tip-top shape in the gym.”

Perry, a sophomore forward from Thomasville, Ga., started 49 games in his two-year career at Mississippi State. He averaged 13.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in his career.

He started 18 games as a freshman and averaged 9.7 points per game. He was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team, then put on a stellar sophomore campaign.

He was named the SEC’s Preseason Player of the Year along with multiple First-Team preseason All-SEC honors. After that, he was named the SEC’s Co-Player of the Year with 17.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg. He also won the Bailey Howell trophy, which is presented to the best college basketball player in Mississippi.

dalton.middleton@journalinc.com

Twitter: @DLMiddleton8

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