Nov 8, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) guard Jarrod Polson (3) and guard Andrew Harrison (5) celebrate during the game against the NC-Asheville Bulldogs at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated NC-Asheville 89-57. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Julius Randle named SEC Player of the Week

For some reason, it feels like Julius Randle is going to pull a double double of league awards before this college basketball season is over. Julius Randle has been named the SEC Player of the Week and with that I assume the Freshman of the Week? It makes sense, but the following press release from the UKAA does not specify that.

Also, the new poll s have not been released yet, but I do not see anything that would stop tomorrow’s night game from being a #1 versus #2 showdown.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman Julius Randle has earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week accolades to open the 2013-14 season it was announced by the league office on Monday.

Randle averaged 22.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game with a pair of double-doubles in UK’s two home victories.

With 45 total points scored on the weekend, he has now tallied more points than any other UK freshman in his first two games under John Calipari. The previous high was John Wall in 2009-10 who totaled 40 in his first two outings.

The Dallas, Texas, native is the first Wildcat to have consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound games since Patrick Patterson turned the trick in December of 2008. His 23-point, 16-rebound effort in his collegiate debut vs. UNC Asheville was just two points and one rebound shy of matching UK first-game records in both categories. Terrence Jones has 25 points in his opening game, while Sam Bowie pulled down 17 rebounds in 1979 to begin his career.

Randle visited the charity stripe 27 times this weekend, making 21. He had at least 10 made free throws in both games. Furthermore, his three assists against Northern Kentucky was a squad-best.

The Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday, as UK travels to Chicago for the Champions Classic in a showdown with No. 2 Michigan State. The game is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip and will air live on ESPN.

 

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