SEC names Wall Freshman of Week again

For the third time this young season (and for the second straight week), the Southeastern Conference named Kentucky guard John Wall its Freshman of the Week.

Wall averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in leading the Wildcats to wins over UNC Asheville and 10th-ranked North Carolina last week.

Wall became the sixth player to win the SEC’s Freshman or, as it was previously known, Rookie of the Week Award in back-to-back weeks.

The others are James Robinson of Alabama, Chris Jackson of LSU, Tyrus Thomas of LSU, Barry Stewart of Mississippi State and A.J. Ogilvy of Vanderbilt.

Robinson twice won the SEC Rookie of the Week award three straight weeks in 1990-91. Jackson also won it three straight weeks in 1987-88.

Robinson won the Rookie of the Year award six times, Jackson five and four times each for Jamont Gordon of Mississippi State and Anthony Randolph of LSU.

Besides Wall, other players who have won the Freshman (or Rookie) of the Week award as many as three times in a season include UK’s Patrick Patterson in 2007-08.

Wall recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 assists to go with six steals against UNC Asheville. The 14 assists are a UK freshman record and the most by a Wildcat since Travis Ford had 15 in 1994.

Against North Carolina, Wall had 16 points and seven assists despite missing seven minutes of the second half with cramps. His two free throws with four seconds left iced the win for Kentucky.

The SEC named Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy as its Player of the Week for last week. He averaged 22.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in leading the Commodores to victories over Missouri and DePaul