Well, would you look at that, a freshman superstar for the Kentucky Wildcats was named National Freshman of the Year and won’t be heading to the professional ranks after one season.
After having the best freshman season in school history, UK Hoops guard Rhyne Howard has been named the National Freshman of the Year by espnW.
Howard, a native of Cleveland, Tenn., is now the first player in program history to win the award after she was recently named SEC Freshman of the Year – only the third Wildcat to claim that honor.
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) March 15, 2019
This season, Howard has led the Wildcats in several categories, including points (16.3 per game), rebounds (6.7), and made field goals (178). She ranks second on the team in steals and is third in assists. On the year, Howard has shot 44.9 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from three, and just a shade under 70 percent from the free throw line.
On a team pioneered by the two seniors, Maci Morris and Taylor Murray, Howard has been the Lady Cats best player from the first game of the season and has improved in every game since then. Howard set the conference record for winning the most SEC Freshman of the Week awards at eight.
I highly doubt this is the last time this season you’ll be hearing Howard’s name on this site. The awards and recognitions are only going to continue to roll in as we head into the tournament. Congrats to a special talent. She has a real chance to be the best individual to ever wear a Kentucky uniform.