We’re not even halfway through the college basketball season, and two Kentucky Wildcats are already earning some of the most prestigious honors in the sport.
This evening, it was announced that Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson and graduate transfer Reid Travis were each listed as National Player of the Year candidates from two separate sets of voters.
Johnson, who has averaged 15.6 points (50.7 percent from the floor, 39.2 percent from three) and 5.6 rebounds per game through 14 games, has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25.
The list is comprised of the 25 student-athletes who are frontrunners for national player of the year, with Johnson being just one of five freshmen included and just one of three players from the SEC.
The Kentucky freshman forward, who is also a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week winner, has also been named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List and the Julius Erving Award Preseason Watch List.
The Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top player, will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on April 12.
As for Travis, the 6-foot-8 graduate transfer from Stanford has been named to the Lute Olson Award Midseason Watch List.
Comprised of the top-30 candidates in the nation for the nation’s top Division I player, Travis is just one of three SEC players included on the list.
Averaging 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, both good for second-best on the team, Travis is actually ineligible for the actual award because freshmen and transfers are excluded. He is, however, eligible to make the Lute Olson All-America Team at the end of the year.
Through 14 games, the Wildcat senior has managed nine double-figure scoring games, along with a team-high-tying four games with 20-plue points. He’s also has the highest shooting percentage on the team (minimum of 30 field-goal attempts) at 54.6 percent.
Congratulations to both Wildcats on the honors!