Young honored for big performance

James Young

Kentucky's James Young has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and ESPN's National Player of the Week coming off his 18-point, 10-rebound effort in a win over Louisville.

Kentucky's James Young has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and ESPN's National Player of the Week coming off his 18-point, 10-rebound effort in a win over Louisville.

It marked the second SEC Freshman of the Week award for the Rochester Hills, Mich., native this season.

Young set a career-high for rebounds in the Wildcats' 73-66 win over Louisville. He also dished out four assists and played strong perimeter defense against the No. 6 Cardinals, who were held to a 6-for-26 shooting night from beyond the arc.

With the game tied at 53, Young hit a 3-pointer to spark a 13-3 Kentucky run that helped put the game away against their instate rival.

Young is averaging 13.8 points and 4.2 rebounds this season. He leads the Cats with 29 made 3-pointers.

Three different players have earned SEC honors for UK this season. Aaron Harrison has also been the Freshman of the Week on two occasions. Julius Randle has also earned the award.

Kentucky (10-3) is back in action on Jan. 8 with a home game against Mississippi State. Game time for the league opener is set for 8 p.m. ET and will air live on channels affiliated with SEC TV.

Game Time Set for UK-Vanderbilt Game:
The Wildcats' game Saturday, Jan. 11, in Nashville has been selected for a 3:30 p.m. ET start on CBS.

It will mark UK's first SEC road game of the season.

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