Booker three-peats as SEC Freshman of Week

For the third consecutive time, Kentucky’s Devin Booker has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week.

The Wildcats’ sharpshooter averaged 12.0 points and a pair of assists in UK’s wins over Vanderbilt and South Carolina last week. He pumped in a team-high 18 points in the Cats’ win over the Gamecocks on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.

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Booker, who has earned the honor four times this season, is now the likely frontrunner for the SEC’s Freshman of the Year award. He is shooting 56 percent from the floor, 83 percent at the line, and a remarkable 50 percent (36 of 72) from behind the 3-point arc.

The Cats have won eight SEC Freshman of the Week honors this season. In addition to Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns has won the award twice. Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis have each been honored once. The four players were part of UK’s No. 2 national recruiting class for 2014.

Kentucky (19-0, 6-0 SEC) returns to action Thursday in a 9 p.m. ET tipoff at Missouri on ESPN.

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