Feb 22, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) reacts during the game against the LSU Tigers in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated LSU 77-76. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

UK freshman named Player of the Week


It has been quite a week for Kentucky Wildcat freshman Julius Randle.  The forward was named the SEC’s Player of the Week after he led the Wildcats to a pair of victories, averaged 16.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in wins over Ole Miss and LSU.

As the SEC’s Player of the Week, Randle was nominated for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, which is chosen from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Well, Randle took down the competition and won the national award too. But he still wasn’t finished. Randle also walked away with the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week award. This marks the first time this season that one player has been honored with both awards during the same week.

To earn his awards, Randle began the week by notching his 14th double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds at Ole Miss. He now ranks 13th in program history with 14 double-doubles in a year. Later in the week against LSU, he hit the game-winning put back with 3.9 second remaining in overtime. For the game, the freshman had eight points and 15 rebounds against the Tigers.

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