Kentucky men’s basketball freshman Cason Wallace repeated as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after scoring 20 points and adding a pair of assists and a career-high three blocks in a win over Florida on Saturday.
The award is the fourth weekly SEC honor and third in as many weeks for a Wildcat. Oscar Tshiebwe earned SEC Player of the Week honors Jan. 23, while Wallace picked up his first conference Freshman of the Week award Dec. 27.
After missing the Ole Miss game, Wallace returned to the starting lineup and led the Cats with 20 points in a 72-67 win over the Gators. He also added three rebounds, three blocks and a pair of assists. The freshman from Dallas scored 10 of Kentucky’s final 16 points in the game, including seven of the final 10. The contest was Wallace’s 14th double-figure scoring game of the season and the second 20-point performance.
Kentucky has dominated the weekly SEC awards with John Calipari at the helm. UK has won more weekly SEC honors (123) than any other school during the Calipari era, including 93 SEC Freshman of the Week awards and 30 SEC Player of the Week honors.
Wallace ranks among the league leaders in steals per game (6th/2.00), assists per game (7th/3.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (7th/1.90-to-1). He sits third on the team with 11.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Wallace and the Wildcats take on Arkansas at 9 p.m. ET tip Tuesday at Central Bank Center at Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by ESPN.