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Monday Headlines: The Rise of Antonio Reeves Edition

Reeves had a season-high 23 points in Saturday’s win over Texas A&M.

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In the modern, position-less basketball that’s played in 2023, every team has to have at least one wing player who can both handle the basketball as well as score from all over the court.

For Kentucky, that player is veteran transfer Antonio Reeves. The veteran shooting guard stands 6-5, is long and can handle the basketball well. He can also make shots from any spot on the floor, as Kentucky fans have watched him do just that throughout this season.

In fact, Reeves is the only Wildcat to play all 19 games for the Wildcats and score in each game his team has played. He’s become the go-to option for timely baskets (especially momentum-swinging three pointers) and hardly ever misses at the free throw line.

Chris Fisher W/ 247Sports quoted Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams after Saturday’s win over the Aggies, saying Kentucky is a different team when Reeves and fellow guard CJ Fredrick are on the floor together.

Fredrick, too, gives Kentucky an extra scoring threat on cuts, threes and from the free-throw line. Pairing he and Reeves on the court together opens up a better driving lane, clears out the inside for star center Oscar Tshiebwe and creates more movement off the basketball for a better-flowing offense.

Just over a week ago, Kentucky basketball appeared as if they didn’t have an identity on offense and in return that was crippling their defense. Now, with Reeves leading the way on offense (over 17 points per game in his last three) and Fredrick playing real minutes alongside him, Kentucky has put together three straight wins and looks much more like a modern day offense.

The Wildcats will set out to make their streak four wins in a row when they travel to Vanderbilt on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 PM ET.

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