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Kidd-Gilchrist is ESPN’s Player of the Week


Not content simply with SEC or Dick Vitale awards, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has stepped to the next level of weekly recognition and earned National Player of the Week honors from Andy Katz in his Weekly Watch feature. It’s no surprise, as Kidd-Gilchrist was absolutely unreal on Saturday afternoon in dragging the Cats through a sloppy game and making sure anyone who was paying attention walked away knowing that he is truly something special. Katz, obviously, was paying attention:

I was in the studio Saturday night, and every time we ran through the Kentucky-Louisville highlights, MKG was in the middle of an offensive play. Kidd-Gilchrist was really something special in UK’s rivalry win. He played 39 minutes, scored 24 points and grabbed 19 — yes, 19 — rebounds in the Cats’ 69-62 victory over the Cardinals. Kidd-Gilchrist also scored 18 points in limited time against Lamar earlier in the week.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has plenty of options offensively but doesn’t always know what he’s going to get from each player. He knows what he’s going to get from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The freshman forward, a constant bundle of energy, continues to be one of the toughest matchups at his position with his length and ability to put the basketball on the floor. The races for SEC player of the year and SEC and national freshman of the year are just beginning. MKG is making his case to be included in both of them.

The ascension of Kidd-Gilchrist from the beginning of the season until now has been something to behold. He has climbed from a guy some thought might be a two-year player, to then be the team’s spark plug and a key contributor, and has now become the Cats’ MVP and one of the best in all the land. If he keeps improving at this rate, they might have to come up with a new award just to accurately describe him as a basketball player. For now, though, he’s ESPN’s Player of the Week and he’ll be coming to a Freedom Hall near you very soon.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

14 Comments for Kidd-Gilchrist is ESPN’s Player of the Week

  1. Bob
    7:09 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    MKG – MVP

  2. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    7:18 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt said he couldn’t contribute right away and should probably redshirt. JK, Jones. We all know the dude with the questionable haircut don’t play.

  3. Not 4d
    7:20 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink


  4. Hoodfor3
    7:32 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Just watched the game again. I noticed that Davis had zero points until Dieng got his 4th foul. did not realize how big that 4th foul on Dieng was until just now.

  5. Lou eaton
    7:32 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone who follows recruiting ‘seriously’ knew that Gilchrist was ranked the top player in junior HS class and the rating service at that time said “or any HS class for that matter”. He was described in his junior year as being the closest thing to LeBron…so for anyone to be surprised at how well he has played especially Matt…I don’t understand. I am surprised at the consistent high level he has played but not his skill levels..

  6. barn
    7:38 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    4)i think that is more because ad sat on the bench for most of the 1st half

  7. Glue Guy
    7:59 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Finally glad to see one of my kind gettin some national love.

  8. Roland
    8:04 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Watching MKG is like: (With apologies to his mom, who doesn’t want to hear this and she is the GREATEST Mom, outside of mine, (I mean that MOM): I just had…( It is all in fun.

  9. Roland
    8:06 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    for those cut and paste challenged:

  10. old_school
    9:12 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Well-deserved honor for Kidd-Gilcrist.

  11. Bob
    9:29 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Love this kid.

  12. simone
    10:07 am January 3, 2012 Permalink

    Know this Kidd persinally and he’s great on and off the court. Clearly the following and structure from his parents have prepared him well.

  13. RYNO
    1:38 pm January 3, 2012 Permalink

    If things keep going like they are, I can definitely see a Cousins-Wall SEC POY/FOY split, with MKG & Davis this year.

  14. Mo Mike
    3:36 pm January 3, 2012 Permalink

    MKG’s stock continues to rise. He and the Uni-Blocker could be the POY/DPOYs!