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Braxton Key named SEC Freshman of Week after Alabama victories

Braxton Key first SEC Freshman of Week for Alabama since 2013

It has seemed to be just a matter of time before Alabama freshman sensation Braxton Key received recognition in Southeastern Conference player of the week recognition. That honor came this week following Key’s performances in wins over Bulldogs last week.
Key was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Week — the first Alabama player to be recognized for the honor since Shannon Hale on March 3, 2014.
Key, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from Charlotte, N.C., earned the weekly honor after helping Alabama to a pair of SEC victories. Key averaged 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, while shooting 45.8 per cent (11-of-24) from the floor, 50 percent (4-of-8) from three and 70.8 percent (19-of-27) from the free throw line, while leading the Crimson Tide to wins at Georgia and vs. Mississippi State.
Key began the week leading the Tide to an impressive 80-60 road win at Georgia last Tuesday – Alabama’s largest win over the Bulldogs in 12 years. Key led the charge with a career-high 26 points to go along with nine rebounds and a pair of assists. He connected on 7-of-11 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point line, while also making 9-of-13 free throws.
Following that performance, Key scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in a 71-62 victory vs. Mississippi State on Saturday. He recorded career highs in free throws made and attempted as he led the Tide to its eighth win in its last 10 games.
Key entered last weekend’s action as one of only seven NCAA Division I freshmen to lead his team in both scoring and rebounding. As a result of Key’s standout play, the Crimson Tide is off to a 6-2 start to league play – the best start in conference competition since winning six of its first eight games to begin the 2012-13 SEC season.
Key and the Crimson Tide will be back in action on Wednesday night when Alabama takes on Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CST on SEC Network.

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