LEXINGTON, KY – For the third consecutive week the Southeasern Conference named UK men's basketball player John Wall the SEC Freshman of the Week. The award was announced earlier this week by the league office.
Wall's play last week included scoring 16 points and dishing out a game-high seven assists against 10th ranked North Carolina last Saturday. Wall's performance came despite sitting out seven minutes in the second half with cramps. Wall also hit two free throws with four seconds left to ice the game against the Tar Heels giving Kentucky a five-point lead.
Earlier in thee week, prior to the North Carolina win, Wall recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 assists against UNC Asheville. The double-double marked his second double-double in points and assists this season. The 14 assists is a freshman record and the most for a Wildcat since Travis Ford totaled 15 assists in the 1994 season. John also tallied a career high six steals, the most by a Wildcat since Jodie Meeks in the 2007 season.
While Wall was garnering his third SEC freshman honor in as many weeks the award also marked the fourth consecutive such award for the Wildcats. The Wildcats have won all four weekly freshman honors from the conference office this season, beginning with Eric Bledsoe in the first week and Wall the last three weeks. Junior Patrick Patterson was the league's Player of the Week in week two, giving the Wildcats five SEC Player/Freshman of the week awards this season.
On the national level the ever exuberant Dick Vitale named Wall his "Diaper Dandy of the Week" and named Kentucky as his "Team of the Week". It's the second national weekly honor for Wall after he was named National Player of the Week by ESPN.com earlier this season.
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