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Kentucky Wildcats Guard De'Aaron Fox Named SEC Freshman of The Week

Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week following the league's opening weekend of play.

The McDonald's All-American from Houston averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in helping lead the Wildcats to wins over Stephen F. Austin and Canisius. 

Fox opened his UK career with a double-double, scoring 12 points and dishing out 12 assists against SFA. The dozen assists were the most by a Wildcat in his debut since assists became an official statistic in 1972. It was also the fourth-highest assist total in a game during the John Calipari era.

He followed that up with 21 points and a 9-for-9 day at the free throw line in a win over Canisius. Fox has begun his college career 15 of 15 at the line.

It marks the third consecutive year that UK has opened the season with an SEC Freshman of the Week honor as Fox followed Skal Labissiere (2015) and Trey Lyles (2014). Eric Bledsoe (2009), Terrence Jones (2010) and Anthony Davis (2011) also accomplished the feat.

LSU’s Duop Reath was named SEC Player of The Week. A 6-foot-10, 235-pound junior forward from Perth, Australia, Reath had 23 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a win over Wofford. The junior college transfer shot 69.2 percent (9 of 13) from the field in his debut for the Tigers.

Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday in the sixth edition of the Champions Classic. UK takes on Michigan State at 7 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. The game will air live on ESPN.


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