BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the fourth time this season, Kentucky freshman guard De’Aaron Fox was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.
Fox led the Wildcats to a pair of home victories over SEC foes Texas A&M and Arkansas last week. The Houston led the team in scoring, assists and rebounds in the two impressive wins. He averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.
UK’s speedy point guard helped guide the offense to 98.5 points per game, while topping the 100-point plateau against the Aggies. It marked the fifth time this season that UK topped 100 points, a new record under the direction of John Calipari and the most since the 1995-96 team scored 100 or more nine times.
Fox poured in a career-high 27 points, while adding six boards and six assists to help topple the Razorbacks. He was an efficient 10 of 16 from the field and a perfect 7 of 7 from the line. It was his best performance at the charity stripe since going 9 for 9 against Canisius in the second game of the season.
He had 15 points, six assists and five rebounds in the win over Texas A&M.
For the week, Fox utilized a 60.0 percent field-goal clip, the best among all of UK’s guards. He has scored in double figures in all but two games this season. Furthermore, he has posted 10 games with six or more assists, including all three games against league foes.
This marks the eighth weekly award of the season for the Wildcats, the most of any team in the conference. Fox has been tabbed the Freshman of the Week a league-high four times. It’s the most SEC Freshman of the Week accolades in a single season since both Ben Simmons of LSU and UK’s Jamal Murray captured the honor four times a season ago.
The Wildcats will resume action with a 7 p.m. tip at Vanderbilt on Tuesday in Memorial Gym. The game will air live on ESPN.