Monday, December 19, 2016

Fox Named SEC Freshman of The Week

The Houston native, logged his team-best fourth double-double. It was the first double-double in the points/assist variety that North Carolina had yielded since Pitt’s Cameron Wright turned the trick on Feb. 14, 2015. 

His 10 assists and two steals were game highs, and no rebound was bigger than the one that set up Monk’s go-ahead 3-pointer.

With 10 assists against the Tar Heels, Fox has amassed 79 for the season. That’s ahead of single-season record-holder Tyler Ulis’ pace of 53 through the same number of games a season ago. Prior to Ulis’ record-breaking year, John Wall (2009-10) held the record and he had 70 assists through the first 11 outings. It should be noted that both Ulis and Wall missed a game during the first 11 contests.

Fox is averaging 15.9 points, and SEC-leading 7.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Monk’s honor as Player of the Week is his first and the first for any Wildcat this season. He previously was named the league’s Freshman of the Week on Nov. 21. Fox has now earned his third SEC Freshman of the Week nod, the most of any SEC player this season.

All told, UK has a league-leading five SEC honors this season. This marks the first time a school has swept the awards this season and the first time since Tyler Ulis won Player of the Week and Jamal Murray Freshman of the Week on Feb. 15, 2015.

The Wildcats will resume action with a 7 p.m. tip at Louisville on Wednesday in the KFC Yum! Center. The game will air live on ESPN.

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