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DJ Wagner continues to show improvement; earns weekly SEC honor

Wagner’s improvement will be key to determining how much of a contender this season.

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After needing overtime against Saint Joseph’s earlier last week, the Kentucky Wildcats scored 69 points in the first half of Friday night’s game against Marshall, the most in any half at Rupp Arena, and won 118-82, the most points scored under John Calipari.

Now, Rob Dillingham, who made seven of his eight shots (including both 3-pointers) Friday, also dished out a game-high eight assists and played a great game. So did Tre Mitchell and Antonio Reeves as they continued to score the ball at an elite level.

But Friday night was all about DJ Wagner. He finished the night with 28 points on 10/14 shooting, including 2/5 from three. He also added five assists, one rebound, and one steal.

For his efforts, Wagner was just named the SEC Freshman of the Week. He ended the two-game week averaging 25 points, 5.5 assists, two steals, and one block per outing. He’s now averaging 14.5 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Although Wagner might have had a slow start to the season, he is now showing why he was so highly touted coming into Lexington earlier this year. Simply put, this Kentucky team has the potential to be something truly special, and Wagner leading the charge is going to be key. These past two games show that he is ready to take on a bigger role and be the player that so many expected him to be.

With so many rumors swirling around on social media about Wagner, the New Jersey native responded in the best way possible.

Now that we are starting to see improvements from each freshman each game, the excitement levels for this 2023-2024 Kentucky Wildcats should sky-high.

With so much to be excited about with this Kentucky team that is arguably the best offensive unit in the nation, there is, even more to be excited about, as it looks like Aaron Bradshaw’s debut looks like it might be on the horizon.

Again, this team can be anything it sets out to be. It’ll just come down to making it happen, which they have done thus far.