After Kentucky’s big win over Michigan State, it was only a matter of time until Tyrese Maxey picked up his first weekly honor.
It came Monday as the SEC tabbed Maxey as its Freshman of the Week, a well-deserved honor after he had one of the greatest debuts in the history of Kentucky Basketball.
Coming off the bench against No. 1 Michigan State, Maxey erupted for 26 points on 7/12 shooting, which topped Terrence Jones’ 25 points against East Tennessee State in 2010 for the most points by a freshman in their debut as a Wildcat.
Maxey also became the first Kentucky freshman to score 20 or more points against the No. 1 ranked team in school history. He followed that breakthrough to with nine points and three rebounds vs. the EKU Colonels on Friday.
With this latest SEC honor, Kentucky has won more weekly conference honors (101) than any other school during the Calipari era, including 81 SEC Freshman of the Week honors and 20 SEC Player of the Week awards.