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Isaiah Jackson named SEC Freshman of the Week

Plus highlights of Jackson’s performance against 19th-ranked Tennessee.

UK Athletics

Kentucky Wildcats freshman forward Isaiah Jackson has been named SEC Freshman of the Week, the first of his career.

In wins over Vanderbilt and Tennessee, Jackson averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. The 70-55 win over Tennessee, which saw Jackson record 16 points, seven boards and two blocks, was Kentucky’s first over an AP Top 25 opponent this season. The 15-point margin of victory also matched the largest win over a ranked team on the road under John Calipari.

Under Calipari’s watch, Kentucky has won more weekly SEC honors (110) than any other school during the Calipari era, including 85 SEC Freshman of the Week honors and 25 SEC Player of the Week awards.

Jackson is the second Wildcat to win SEC Freshman of the Week this season. Dontaie Allen earned the award on Jan. 4 following a breakout scoring performance at Mississippi State.

During Kentucky’s current three-game winning streak, Jackson has had his three largest scoring outputs of the season. He has also gabbed 7+ rebounds and 2+ blocks in all three victories.

Jackson now has 56 blocked shots on the year and ranks third in the country in block percentage at 13.2%. He is 13th in the nation with an average of 2.7 blocks per game. He leads the team with six double-digit rebounding efforts.

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