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Nate Sestina, Jaida Roper Set to Attend SEC Leadership Council


For its annual meeting at the SEC headquarters located in Birmingham, AL, the Southeastern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Leadership Council will assemble on Friday and Saturday with Nate Sestina and Jaida Roper representing the University of Kentucky.

The responsibilities of the two Wildcats are for them to serve as a pipeline of communication between school and conference; bringing up issues or topics of notice that relate to the wellness and experience of the student-athletes in the SEC. Each of the 14 programs in the conference will be represented by one male and one female basketball student-athlete.

According to the press release sent out by UK, the group of student-athletes will participate in the following:

Dinner and a conversation with Commissioner Greg Sankey, a review of NCAA and SEC legislative items, and the 28 student-athletes will also have an opportunity to engage with men’s and women’s basketball officials on rules of the game, student-athlete/referee interaction and careers in officiating.

Former NBA player and Missouri alum, Kenyon Dooling, will be in attendance to speak to the group of the popular topic of the importance of treating mental health in sports.

Sestina, a graduate transfer from Bucknell, and Roper, entering her senior season, will serve as veteran voices with the potential to make an impact on topics they feel deserve the attention.

Here’s the full list of student-athletes representing all 14 SEC schools.

Men’s Basketball

Tyler Barnes, Alabama

Adrio Bailey, Arkansas

Anfernee McLemore, Auburn

Dontay Bassett, Florida

Rayshaun Hammonds, Georgia

Nate Sestina, Kentucky

Aundre Hyatt, LSU

Breein Tyree, Ole Miss

Mitchell Storm, Mississippi State

Mitchell Smith, Missouri

T.J. Moss, South Carolina

John Fulkerson, Tennessee

Josh Nebo, Texas A&M

Quentin Millora-Brown, Vanderbilt

Women’s Basketball

Jordan Lewis, Alabama

Jailyn Mason, Arkansas

Kiyae’ White, Auburn

Kiki Smith, Florida

Ari Henderson, Georgia

Jaida Roper, Kentucky

Jaelyn Richard-Harris, LSU

Milicia Reid, Ole Miss

Myah Taylor, Mississippi State

Jordan Chavis, Missouri

Elysa Wesolek, South Carolina

Kamera Harris, Tennessee

Ciera Johnson, Texas A&M

Jordyn Cambridge, Vanderbilt

Sestina is in an interesting position as the lone productive senior on Kentucky and he’ll be in attendance without any prior experience playing SEC basketball. However, this can provide him with a unique take on how the SEC goes about its business on the basketball side as opposed to what he saw during his time at Bucknell (out of the Patriot League). Roper, on the other hand, is about to begin her fourth season as a Wildcat while also coming off her most productive season. She is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll student.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR