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Fox and Monk on midseason watch lists for USBWA National Player & Freshman of the Year awards

© Mark Zerof
© Mark Zerof

Big news for Kentucky’s freshman backcourt: De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk were just named to the midseason watch lists for both the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given annually to the national player of the year; and the Wayman Tisdale Award, given annually to the top freshman in college basketball. Here are the watch lists for both awards:

2016-17 USBWA MEN’S MIDSEASON WATCH LISTS
Oscar Robertson Trophy (Men’s National Player of the Year)
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Lonzo Ball, UCLA
Joel Berry II, North Carolina
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Markelle Fultz, Washington
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
Josh Hart, Villanova
Marcus Keene, Central Michigan
Luke Kennard, Duke
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
TJ Leaf, UCLA
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Kelan Martin, Butler
Frank Mason III, Kansas
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Johnathan Motley, Baylor
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga
Wayman Tisdale Award (Men’s National Freshman Player of the Year)
Lonzo Ball, UCLA
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Markelle Fultz, Washington
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Josh Jackson, Kansas
TJ Leaf, UCLA
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Justin Patton, Creighton
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s
Dennis Smith, North Carolina State
Jayson Tatum, Duke

And a rundown of Fox and Monk’s impressive seasons thus far, courtesy of UK…

Monk is averaging 21.7 points per game and ranks 18th nationally in scoring, second among all freshmen and first in the SEC. No John Calipari-coached player has ever averaged more than 21.2 points for an entire season (Dajuan Wagner at Memphis in 2001-02). He’s scored in double figures in every game this season and has 11 games of 20 points or more, including a Kentucky freshman record 47 points vs. North Carolina in December and another 34-point outburst at Ole Miss. He’s made 58 3-pointers through 19 games, ahead of Jamal Murray (50) at this point in the season when he went on to break the freshman record with 113 3-pointers a season ago.

Meanwhile, Fox is currently averaging 16.2 points, 6.0 assists and 1.6 steals. His 6.0 assists per game ranks 16th in the country, fourth among all freshmen and first in the SEC, while his 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio is first in the conference. His 114 assists are ahead of where Ulis (108) sat through the first 19 games last year when he went on to break the school’s single-season assists record. Fox already has a team-leading four double-doubles by way of points and assists, which includes his historic triple-double against Arizona State — the second triple-double in school history and first since Chris Mills did it Dec. 27, 1988. The Houston native has 10 games of six assists or more.

Fox and Monk are also on the midseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Awards, given annually to the national player of the year by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Let’s celebrate with some of their highlights from this season:

 

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

1 Comment for Fox and Monk on midseason watch lists for USBWA National Player & Freshman of the Year awards



  1. RealCatsFan
    2:48 pm January 23, 2017 Permalink

    Seeing that picture of the inside of Memorial Coliseum makes me wish that UK would play at least one exhibition game in there. If they opened the lower arena up for the students – first come-first serve – and made the rest of the arena gen admission, the crowd would be off the chain.

    It’s a shame that MC wasn’t available in 2013 during the NIT year, because that would have been the one redeeming thing about going to the NIT.