Kentucky Basketball’s Malik Monk Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky Basketball’s Malik Monk Named SEC Freshman of the Week Following Breakout Game Versus Michigan State and Cats Romp Over Duquesne

Nov 15, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Malik Monk (5) controls the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats guard Malik Monk was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week today following his brilliant breakout performance versus Michigan State and a blowout win over Duquesne. After spotty shooting to begin his career in two games at historic Rupp Arena, Monk was sensational in Madison Square Garden for the Champions Classic, scoring a career-high 23 points on a sizzling 7-11 3-point shooting, along with a career-high 6 rebounds, to lead the Cats over 13th-ranked Michigan State.

Monk followed up on that performance, though sidelined much of the first half in foul trouble, and

sparked the Cats early against Duquesne, scoring 7 of the team’s first 11 on 3-5 shooting on his way to 14 points. In those two wins, Monk averaged 18.5 points per game, and was impressive again shooting from the perimeter, from mid-range off the dribble and in the open court on transition.

Monk’s honor marks the second consecutive week the Cats have took the SEC’s Freshman of the Week award, as De-Aaron Fox was so honored following week-one action. Combined with sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky’s guards has gelled quickly and are already garnering praise as one of the best backcourts in the country.

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