After posting just the second triple-double in school history last week, guard De’Aaron Fox was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.
Fox becomes the first player in the league this year to win two weekly SEC honors. He also won SEC Freshman of the Week the opening week of the season.
Fox averaged 17.0 points, a team-high 9.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds for the week in games against Arizona State in the Bahamas and at home vs. then-No. 11/9 UCLA. The highlight of the week was his game against the Sun Devils on Monday, when he posted 14 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and 10 assists. It marked the school’s first triple-double since Chris Mills posted the program’s first one on Dec. 27, 1988.
UK has won SEC Freshman of the Week award in three of the first four weeks to start the season. In addition to Fox’s two honors, freshman guard Malik Monk won it the second week.
Fox was simply brilliant in the win over Arizona State. He was 6 for 9 from the field and recorded nine rebounds by halftime. His 10 assists led a balanced and explosive Kentucky offense, as the Wildcats broke the 100-point mark for a third consecutive game – the first time that had been done since December 1977 – and dished out 33 total assists, the most in the John Calipari era and just two off the school record.
Against the Bruins, Fox scored 20 points, just one off his career high, and just missed out on a double-double with a game-high nine assists.
For the season, Fox is averaging 15.9 points a team-high 7.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. His assists average through eight games is ahead of where Tyler Ulis was through eight games last season when he went on to break the school’s single-season record for assists. The 7.8 assists per game ranks third in the country.
The Wildcats will resume action with an 8 p.m. tip vs. Valparaiso on Wednesday in Rupp Arena. The game will air live on the SEC Network.