Here’s some news that won’t surprise you: Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox have been named SEC Player and Freshman of the Week, respectively.
Monk, of course, made UK Basketball history on Saturday with his 47-point performance vs. North Carolina, which included 18-28 shooting, 8-12 from behind the arc. Monk’s 47 points were the most scored by an SEC freshman since LSU’s Chris Jackson scored 55 vs. Ole Miss back on March 4, 1989. This is Monk’s second SEC honor this season. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week after his performance vs. Michigan State last month.
Meanwhile, this is De’Aaron Fox’s third SEC Freshman of the Week honor. While Monk stole the show vs. North Carolina on Saturday, Fox had a huge game as well, putting up a career-high 24 points, 10 assists, and only two turnovers. And don’t forget it was Fox that got the rebound to set up Monk’s game-winning three. Through 11 games, Fox has 79 assists, which is ahead of single-season record-holder Tyler Ulis’ pace of 53 through the same number of games a season ago.
If you’re keeping count at home, Kentucky now has five SEC honors this season. It’s also the first time the Cats have swept the weekly awards this season. I doubt it will be the last.
Here’s a good breakdown of Monk’s historic day from Draft Express: