UK's Knox named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's Kevin Knox (5) shoots an uncontested three pointer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - Kevin Knox had a monster week with two games of 19 or more points, including a career-high and UK season-high 34 points in a road win at No. 7/7 West Virginia on Saturday, en route to being named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Knox averaged a team-high 26.5 points per game over the two victories while shooting a blazing 69.6 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from behind the arc. He also chipped in with an 85.7-percent rate from the free-throw line. Knox hit four or more 3-pointers in both games, including a career-high five in the win against the Mountaineers.

He’s the first UK player to score 30 or more points this season and the first since De’Aaron Fox had 39 in a win over UCLA in the Sweet 16 in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The 34 points are the most for a UK player on the road since Malik Monk had 34 at Ole Miss to open SEC play a season ago. They’re also the most by a UK freshman in a non-conference true road game. Knox also contributed 6.5 rebounds a game, the second-best mark on the team. He had six or more snares in both games.

Knox has emerged as Kentucky’s leading playmaker, leading the team in scoring (15.5 points per game), 3-pointers (34) and minutes per game (32.5 per game). The Tampa, Florida, native has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-high seven times and has scored in double figures in a team-best 16 games, including six performances of 20 or more points. A 6-foot-9 forward with an ability to play like a guard, Knox is shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 35.4 percent from 3-point range.

The SEC honor is the first of Knox’s career. It’s Kentucky’s third SEC honor of the season. Hamidou Diallo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander previously also won SEC Freshman of the Week.

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