Congratulations to Jarred Vanderbilt, who was just named SEC Freshman of the Week for his performances in Kentucky’s wins over Arkansas and Missouri.
Vanderbilt averaged a double-double with 11.0 points and 12.0 rebounds, helping spur Kentucky to a three-game winning streak. There’s good rebounding and then there’s what Vanderbilt’s been doing lately. Per UK, Vanderbilt is averaging a rebound per every 2.1 minutes played. His ratio of rebounds per minute is the best single-season mark in school history (minimum 100 minutes played, with minutes statistics available since the 1962-63 season) and his 7.8 rebounds per game is the fourth-best mark in the league. He had a career-high 15 boards vs. Missouri on Saturday.
Vanderbilt’s offense is starting to catch up as well. Last week, he shot 80% from the field, a major improvement over his 34% clip coming into last week. He also had three blocks vs. Missouri. Vanderbilt is the fourth Kentucky freshmen to win the SEC Freshman of the Week award this year, joining Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox.
As he said a couple of times during the Missouri game, “Gimme that sh!t!”.