A pair of big performances against Vanderbilt and Missouri helped Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein earn Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.
Cauley-Stein averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game as the Wildcats picked up two crucial wins over the Commodores and Tigers at Rupp Arena.
The Olathe, Kan., native had a career-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds against Vanderbilt on Wednesday. He blocked a pair of shots in the final two minutes of action to help the Cats hold on for a 74-70 win.
Cauley-Stein backed that up with seven points, a team-high 12 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots Saturday in the thrilling 90-83 overtime victory over Missouri.
The honor is the second of Cauley-Stein's career. His first came after an 11-point, 11-rebound effort in UK's final non-conference game of the season against Eastern Michigan.
Kentucky (19-8, 10-4 SEC) wraps up a three-game homestand on Wednesday when it plays host to Mississippi State. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
Cauley-Stein named Freshman of Week
AllWildcats Top Stories
Four Downs: Cats Who Must Play Big at BamaIn this edition of All Wildcats' "Four Downs," we take a look at four Kentucky players who need to come up big in Saturday's game at Alabama if the Cats want to turn in a…
AllWildcatsYesterday at 7:52 PM
VIDEO: Stoops on Final Prep for No. 1 BamaKentucky head coach Mark Stoops met with the media for the final time on Thursday before the Wildcats head to Tuscaloosa for this week's game against No. 1 Alabama.
AllWildcatsYesterday at 2:58 PM
On Campus: September 30Practice is starting around the country for many schools, and several are using it as a huge recruiting weekend. Kansas has the biggest group of visitors coming in, but also…
Scout Hoops6:03 AM
Highlights of Top 10 SG Hamidou DialloHamidou Diallo is Scout's 10th ranked prospect in 2017. Here are highlights of the five-star shooting guard from the Pangos All-American Camp.
Scout HoopsYesterday at 12:19 PM
Hamidou Diallo is eligible for the NBA Draft2017 wing Hamidou Diallo is eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft. The five-star recruit told Scout he'll look into the process, while also going through his college recruitment.
Scout HoopsYesterday at 11:36 AM