Friday, November 18, 2016

Former WKU Guard Tyrone Brazelton Named Player of the Week in Poland

Former Western Kentucky guard Tyrone Brazelton was named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Poland this week.

Brazelton had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in Rosa Radom's 82-79 win over Szczecin.

Here are details:

30-year old point guard Tyrone Brazelton (184-PG-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rosa Radom and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.

He had the game-high 19 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Rosa Radom in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Szczecin (4-3) 82-79. Rosa Radom is placed at 4th position in Polish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rosa Radom will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Brazelton turned to be Rosa Radom's top player in his first season with the team. Tyrone Brazelton averages this season 14.6ppg and 4.9apg.

Source

Ashland Coach Jeremy Howell Shows Off Dance Moves at Meet the Cats Event

Ashland held their preseason Meet the Cats event last night and head coach Jeremy Howell was in midseason form already.

Check out his moves:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dillon Avare and EKU are Ready for SEC Network Game Against Auburn

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will battle Auburn and Bruce Pearl tonight. The game will air live on the SEC Network at 9:00 p.m.

It looks like EKU's Dillon Avare (and a teammate) is ready for action:

Georgetown, UPIKE and Campbellsville To Do Battle vs. Southern States Athletic Conference

Georgetown College, Campbellsville University and University of Pikeville are all set for a challenge against the Southern States Athletic Conference.

The three Mid-South Conference teams will do battle against Faulkner, Bethel and Martin Methodist over the next three days.

Participating MSC teams enter the challenge with an 18-1 combined record. SSAC teams enter with a 10-1 combined record.

Here's a schedule:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

John Calipari Has Great Exchange with Young Reporter

John Calipari had a great exchange with a Sports Illustrated for Kids reporter after last night's win over Michigan State.

Check out the video:

KWC's Ken-Jah Bosley Named G-MAC Athlete of the Week

Kentucky Wesleyan's Ken-Jah Bosley was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Here are details from KWC:

GREENWOOD, Ind. (Nov. 14, 2016) – Kentucky Wesleyan senior guard Ken-Jah Bosley received the first weekly Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete Of The Week award on Monday according to the league office.

Bosley had a huge weekend at home on Friday and Saturday in the Panthers' wins over Wayne State and Tiffin. He scored 22 points in the victory over the Warriors, and led all scorers with 23 points in their second win over Tiffin. Bosley scored 17 second half points to help the Panthers rally at home to defeat the Dragons and keep their home-game winning streak of 31 straight wins at the Sportscenter alive.

Bosley is averaging 22.5 points per contest, along with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals so far this year. He is also shooting 93 percent from the free throw line.

The Panthers (2-0) will play two games this weekend in Evansville at the Small College Basketball Hall Of Fame Classic. Friday's game is against national runner-up and No. 2 Lincoln Memorial, and Saturday's contest is against USI.

Kenneth Faried Gives a Young Fan Some "Huuuuuge" Shoes

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried surprised a  young fan with an autographed pair of shoes this afternoon.

The young fan said, "they're huuuuuge!"

Check out her reaction:


Kentucky is the New No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) Rankings

Kentucky has taken over the top spot in the new CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) rankings.

The Wildcats replaced Duke after last night's action at the Champions Classic.

Kentucky defeated Michigan State by 21 points while the Blue Devils lost 77-75 to Kansas.

Here's a look at the updated rankings:

1. Kentucky
2. Villanova
3. Indiana
4. Kansas
5. Duke
6. Xavier
7. North Carolina
8. Virginia
9. UCLA
10. St. Mary's

Complete Rankings

Plenty of Mid-November Hoops Around Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

It's mid-November and basketball is in full swing around Kentucky.

Here's a complete schedule and scoreboard for the week:

Monday, November 14

UNC Wilmington 78 Eastern Kentucky University 69 (OT)
University of Louisville 91 William & Mary 58
Martin Methodist 97 Lindsey Wilson College 71

Tuesday, November 15

University of Kentucky 69 Michigan State 48
University of the Cumberlands 84 Kentucky State University 67
Middle Tennessee 87 Murray State University 81
Berea College 99 Johnson University 68
IU Southeast 103 Kentucky Christian University 63

Wednesday, November 16

7:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Transylvania University
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Marshall
7:30 p.m. Centre College at Maryville (Tenn.)
7:30 p.m. Bryan at Union College*
9:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Western Kentucky University

Thursday, November 17

3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Bethel (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
4:00 p.m. Long Beach State at University of Louisville (Battle 4 Atlantis)
5:30 p.m. Georgetown College vs. Faulkner University (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
7:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Martin Methodist
9:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Auburn (Cancun Challenge)

Friday, November 18

3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Faulkner University (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
4:30 p.m. Alabama Huntsville vs. Bellarmine University (at Southern Indiana)
4:30 p.m. University of Pikeville vs. Bethetl (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
5:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Austin Peay (at Oxford, Ohio)
5:30 p.m. Berea College vs. Berry (at Thomas More College)
7:00 p.m. Lincoln Memorial vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College (at Southern Indiana)
7:30 p.m. Midway University at Thomas More College
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Martin Methodist
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Wisconsin-Platteville
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Marian University

Saturday, November 19

11:00 a.m. University of Pikeville vs. Faulkner (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
1:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Evansville
1:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Texas Tech (Cancun Challenge)
1:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Delaware (at Oxford, Ohio)
2:00 p.m. Berry vs. Midway University (at Thomas More College)
2:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Illinois Springfield
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at University of the Cumberlands
2:30 p.m. Georgetown College vs. Bethel (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
3:00 p.m. Malone University at Alice Lloyd College
4:00 p.m. Berea College at Thomas More College
4:00 p.m. Asbury University at IU Northwest
5:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Martin Methodist
7:00 p.m. Fisk at Union College
7:00 p.m. Murray State University vs. Green Bay (at Bowling Green)
7:00 p.m. Spalding University vs. New Jersey City (at St. Mary's City, MD)
7:00 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Florida Southern College (at Southern Indiana)
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College s. Wisconsin-Whitewater (at Platteville, Wis.)
8:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Belmont
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Lee University (Exhibition)
9:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Southern Indiana

Sunday, November 20

2:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Miami (Ohio)
4:00 p.m. Murray State University vs. UMKC (at Bowling Green)
9:00 p.m. Duquesne at Unviersity of Kentucky
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (at St. Mary City, MD)

* Conference Game

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Western Kentucky Signs 4-Star Guard Anderson and 5-Star Center Robinson

It seems recruiting has improved at Western Kentucky University under new head coach Rick Stansbury.

The Hilltoppers have signed 4-star guard Josh Anderson and 5-star center Mitchell Robinson this  week. 

Josh Anderson

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Making it two backcourt signees for his program, WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday the signing of four-star prospect Josh Anderson (6-4, Guard) to a national letter of intent in the 2017 recruiting class.

Anderson, out of Madison Prep Academy in Baton Rouge, La., is the highest-ranked signee for the Hilltoppers since the beginning of the modern recruiting services.

Anderson is a consensus four-star recruit across all outlets and is ranked as the No. 43 player nationally in the 2017 class by Rivals, No. 50 by Scout and No. 52 by 247Sports.

“We’re very excited to have Josh join our basketball program and family,” Stansbury said. “He’s a talented young man who brings a lot of athleticism offensively and defensively. Besides being a terrific basketball player and athlete, he’s a great young man that comes from a really good family. On top of that, he comes from one of the best high school programs in the state of Louisiana where he’s been well-coached by Jeff Jones. We’re excited to have him and his family be a part of our program.”

Anderson is a proven winner, helping Madison Prep to its third state championship in four years last season. He averaged 18.1 points. 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior as Madison Prep won its second straight title and appeared in its third straight state championship game.

Anderson will be the first player in Madison Prep history to start all four years at the varsity level and will make a run at the school’s all-time scoring record.

He was also a standout at the AAU level, averaging 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals last summer for the Louisiana Elite program.

“Josh is probably one of the most underrated and intriguing players in the country,” Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones said. “He’s a very versatile player with a large skillset. He can play multiple positions and guard anywhere from the 1 to the 3, and he’s a gym rat.”

Mitchell Robinson

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Adding to a nationally elite signing class, WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Tuesday the signing of five-star prospect Mitchell Robinson (7-0, Center) to a national letter of intent in the 2017 recruiting class.

Robinson, out of Chalmette (La.) High School, is far and away the highest-ranked signee for the Hilltoppers since the beginning of the modern recruiting services.

The big man is a consensus five-star recruit across all outlets and is ranked as the No. 4 prospect nationally in the 2017 class by 247Sports and No. 6 by both Rivals and Scout.

Along with fellow signee guards Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth, the newest Hilltoppers give WKU its first top-25 signing class in the modern era. With the trio, the Hilltoppers’ haul is currently ranked seventh by Rivals, 10th by Scout, and 12th by 247Sports.

247Sports rates Robinson as the top center prospect in the country and the No. 1 player out of Louisiana in the 2017 class.

Robinson is also the highest-ranked recruit ever signed by Stansbury, who produced five top-20 signing classes in a nine-year stretch during his 14-year tenure at the helm at Mississippi State.

“It’s obvious Mitchell is one of the most talented big guys in the country,” Stansbury said. “His best days all lie ahead of him. He has a lot more abilities than just running and jumping and blocking the ball. He has a skillset where he can step out and really shoot the basketball. We’re excited to have him and his family be a part of our program.”

Robinson heads to WKU with a reputation as a defensive force. He averaged 20.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, 8.1 blocks and 2.0 steals per game last season as a junior for Chalmette High School while shooting 69 percent from the floor.

Complete Release

Check Out Kentucky's New Blue Uniforms for Tonight's Game vs. Michigan State

Kentucky will be wearing their new blue uniforms for tonight's game vs. Michigan State.

Check them out:

Three Kentucky Freshmen on Watch List for John R. Wooden Award

Three University of Kentucky players are on the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.


UK freshmen Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo are three of the 50 candidates for the coveted award.

The Wooden Award is given annually to college basketball's top player.

More about the award

Here are the 50 candidates:

Name
School
Conference
Height
Class
Position
Jaylen Adams
St. Bonaventure
Atlantic 10
6-5
Jr.
G
Edrice Adebayo
Kentucky
SEC
6-10
Fr.
F
Grayson Allen
Duke
ACC
6-5
Jr.
G
Jarrett Allen
Texas
Big 12
6-11
Fr.
F
Dwayne Bacon
Florida State
ACC
6-7
Soph.
G
Lonzo Ball
UCLA
Pac-12
6-6
Fr.
G
V.J. Beachem
Notre Dame
ACC
6-8
Sr.
F
Joel Berry II
North Carolina
ACC
6-0
Jr.
G
James Blackmon, Jr.
Indiana
Big Ten
6-4
Jr.
G
Antonio Blakeney
LSU
SEC
6-4
Soph.
G
Jaron Blossomgame
Clemson
ACC
6-7
Sr.
F
Trevon Bluiett
Xavier
Big East
6-6
Jr.
G
Chris Boucher
Oregon
Pac-12
6-10
Sr.
F
Miles Bridges
Michigan State
Big Ten
6-7
Fr.
G/F
Dillon Brooks
Oregon
Pac-12
6-7
Jr.
F
Thomas Bryant
Indiana
Big Ten
6-10
Soph.
C
Tyler Dorsey
Oregon
Pac-12
6-4
Soph.
G
Jawun Evans
Oklahoma State
Big 12
6-1
Soph.
G
De'Aaron Fox
Kentucky
SEC
6-3
Fr.
G
Markelle Fultz
Washington
Pac-12
6-4
Fr.
G
Jack Gibbs
Davidson
Atlantic 10
6-0
Sr.
G
Harry Giles
Duke
ACC
6-10
Fr.
F
Devonte' Graham
Kansas
Big 12
6-2
Jr.
G
Ethan Happ
Wisconsin
Big Ten
6-10
Soph.
F
Josh Hart
Villanova
Big East
6-5
Sr.
G
Nigel Hayes
Wisconsin
Big Ten
6-8
Sr.
F
Malcolm Hill
Illinois
Big Ten
6-6
Sr.
G
Josh Jackson
Kansas
Big 12
6-8
Fr.
G
Justin Jackson
North Carolina
ACC
6-8
Jr.
F/G
Kris Jenkins
Villanova
Big East
6-6
Sr.
F
Peter Jok
Iowa
Big Ten
6-6
Sr.
G
Moses Kingsley
Arkansas
SEC
6-10
Sr.
F
Bronson Koenig
Wisconsin
Big Ten
6-3
Sr.
G
Dedric Lawson
Memphis
The American
6-9
Soph.
G/F
Tyler Lydon
Syracuse
ACC
6-9
Soph.
F
Lauri Markkanen
Arizona
Pac-12
7-0
Fr.
F
Frank Mason III
Kansas
Big 12
5-11
Sr.
G
Malik Monk
Kentucky
SEC
6-3
Fr.
G
Monte Morris
Iowa State
Big 12
6-3
Sr.
G
Austin Nichols
Virginia
ACC
6-9
Jr.
F
London Perrantes
Virginia
ACC
6-2
Sr.
G
Alec Peters
Valparaiso
Horizon League
6-9
Sr.
F
Ivan Rabb
California
Pac-12
6-11
Soph.
F
Dennis Smith, Jr.
NC State
ACC
6-3
Fr.
G
Edmond Sumner
Xavier
Big East
6-6
Soph.
G
Caleb Swanigan
Purdue
Big Ten
6-9
Soph.
F
Jayson Tatum
Duke
ACC
6-8
Fr.
F
Melo Trimble
Maryland
Big Ten
6-3
Jr.
G
Maurice Watson, Jr
Creighton
Big East
5-10
Sr.
G
Nigel Williams-Goss
Gonzaga
WCC
6-3
Jr.
G

Michigan State's Tom Izzo Previews Kentucky

Check out what Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo had to say about playing the Kentucky Wildcats in New York City tonight:

Anthony Young Drops League-High 40 Points in Uruguay

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College star Anthony Young dropped 40 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in Larre Borges' 77-72 win over Welcome during the weekend.

Young's 40 points was a league-high for this season.

Here are details from Latinbasket.com:

Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) scored 40 points, a record for the Uruguayan League 2016 season, and added 11 rebounds when his team Larre Borges defetead Welcome 77-72 for the 9th round. Also for Larre Borges, Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds, while Albert Jackson (211-C-88, college: Georgia) finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds. For Welcome, Nick Waddell (200-C-90, college: Grand Valley St.) netted 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, Javier Carter (203-C-91, college: S.Alabama) scored 16 points and added 13 rebounds. Malvin, the leader, defeated Cordon 87-73. For Malvin the main scorers were Nicolas Mazzarino (184-G-75) 25 points and 6 assists, Arnold Louis (201-F-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Rian Pearson (193-F-90, college: Toledo) 12 points 6 rebounds.Goes defeated Trouville 81-72, with 18 poins by Calvin Warner (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville) and other 18 by David Nesbitt (200-F-91, college: St.Thomas, FL). For Trouville, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana, agency: Pro Sports) 11 points and 8 rebounds, Johwen Villegas (193-F-85, college: FIU) 12 points 4 assists, and Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri, agency: Pro Sports) 4 points 4 rebounds. The game UnionAtletica-Bigua was tied 76-76 with 23 seconds to play in the last quarter, when fans stormed the court and the game was postponed.

Young was named Latinbasket.com Player of the Week for his performance. 

4-Star Point Guard Shai Alexander Commits to Kentucky

Kentucky and John Calipari added their third commitment to the Class of 2017 on Monday as 4-star point guard Shai Alexander pledged for the Wildcats.

Alexander ranks No. 53 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2017.


Kentucky now has Alexander, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington in the Class of 2017.

Former WKU Forward Steffphon Pettigrew Returns to Mexico

Former Western Kentucky University forward Steffphon Pettigrew is headed back to Mexico.

Pettigrew has agreed to terms with Abejas de Guanajuato in Mexico's LNBP league.

Here are details from Latinbasket.com:

Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-100kg-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS). It is actually his comeback to Abejas as he has played here before. Pettigrew played last season at Chorale de Roanne Basket in French ProB. In 34 games he had 13.8ppg and 5.7rpg.

The previous (2015) summer Pettigrew played at Talk N Text in Filipino PBA where in 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.4ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg in 2015 season.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pettigrew's team made it to the Uruguay LUB Semifinals in 2012. He was also voted All-Sun Belt 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.

Pettigrew is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Pettigrew tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Santeros), Venezuela (Marinos), Uruguay (Aguada) and Mexico (Frayles de Guasave).

Pettigrew attended Western Kentucky University until 2011 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Louisville Destroys William & Mary

Louisville dismantled William & Mary 91-58 at the Yum! Center tonight.

V.J. King scored 17 points off the bench to lead the No. 12 Cardinals (2-0). Deng Adel added 16 points.

Former Montgomery County star Omar Prewitt led William & Mary with 14 points.

Postgame notes:

SERIES

• In the first matchup between the two teams since 1952, Louisville improved to 3-0 all-time against William & Mary.
• The Cardinals moved to 2-0 at home in the series against the Tribe.

TEAM

• Louisville extended its home winning streak in the month of November to 40 consecutive games, which spans 25 seasons and includes a 27-0 record in the KFC Yum! Center.
• UofL improved to 101-14 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center, now in its seventh season as the home of the Cardinals.
• The Cardinals have won 48 of their last 49 non-conference games at the KFC Yum! Center
• Louisville outscored William & Mary 16-0 during a span of 4:56 across the final 1:58 of the first half and the first 2:58 of the second half. The Cardinals increased a 34-31 lead to a 50-31 advantage during the span.
• After finishing with 10 blocked shots in Friday's season-opener, the Cardinals had 11 blocked shots on Monday marking the first time they have registered back-to-back games with 10 or more blocks since the 2010-11 season when they had 11 swats against Marshall (Nov. 27, 2010) and 10 blocked shots against FIU (Dec. 1, 2010).
• Louisville finished had 10 steals for the second straight game marking the first time since with 10 or more steals in back-to-back games since finishing with 11 versus Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015 and 10 at North Carolina on Jan. 10.
• Monday marked the first time Louisville has finished with 20 or more assists and fewer than 10 turnovers in the same game since March 14, 2014 when they had 22 assists and just six turnovers against Houston.
• Monday's game also marked the first time Louisville has reached double-figures in both blocked shots and steals in the same game since Dec. 23, 2014 when they had 11 swats and 14 steals against Cal State Northridge.
• The 21 assists for Louisville was their highest total since finishing with 21 against Syracuse on Feb. 17, 2016.
• The 72 shots from the field for UofL against William & Mary were the most since attempting 75 shots against North Florida on Nov. 21, 2015.
• The Cardinals were 10-for-28 on three-pointers in Monday's game – the most attempted three-pointers since finishing with 29 tries against Ohio State on Dec. 2, 2014 and the most made three-pointers since connecting for 12 against Virginia Tech on Jan. 27, 2016.
• After finishing with 52 rebounds in Friday's season-opener, the Cardinals had 49 in Monday's win over the Tribe marking the most total rebounds in back-to-back games since finishing with 104 total rebounds against North Florida (53) on Nov. 21, 2015 and St. Francis Brooklyn (51) on Nov. 24, 2015.
• Louisville improved to 170-9 over the last 16 seasons under head coach Rick Pitino when scoring 80 or more points.
• UofL improved to 315-47 when holding an opponent below 70 points in its 16 seasons under Pitino.

PLAYER

• Sophomore Deng Adel finished with a career-high 16 points in Monday's win. The nine attempts from the field matched a career-high for Adel first set against Virginia on Jan. 30, 2016.
• Adel finished with a career-best five assists on Monday, one better than his previous high of four against Boston College on Feb. 6, 2016.
• Adel also added a career-high four steals against the Tribe doubling his previous high of two set against Boston College on Feb. 6, 2016.
• In just his second game, freshman V.J. King registered his first double-figure scoring performance finishing with a game-high 17 points.
• Junior Quentin Snider registered his 21st career double-figure scoring game finishing with 13 points while matching a career-high with four made three-pointers equaling the total accomplished twice last season.
• Junior Jaylen Johnson delivered his second straight double-figure scoring night finishing with 13 points on Monday.
• Sophomore Ray Spalding had 10 points on Monday for his sixth career double-figure scoring game.
• The game-high 10 rebounds on Monday for senior Mangok Mathiang were the most for him since finishing with a career-best 13 rebounds against Saint Louis on Nov. 28, 2015.
• The five blocked shots for Mathiang equaled a career-high set on Feb. 14, 2015 against NC State.
• Sophomore Donovan Mitchell had a career-best four blocked shots, one more than he had during his entire freshman season.

After the game, Rick Pitino said William & Mary is the toughest team that Louisville will have to prepare for all season. He also noted that the Cards had their best walk through in 2 years before the game:

Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Fox averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in wins over Stephen F. Austin and Canisius.

Here are details from UK:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky freshman De'Aaron Fox was tabbed the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week following the league's opening weekend of play on Monday. Fox averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in helping lead UK to wins over Stephen F. Austin and Canisius.

Fox began his career with a 12-point, 12-assist outing vs. the Lumberjacks for his first career double-double. The 12 assists were the most for a UK player in a debut since assists began being kept in 1971-72. It's also the most assists for any UK player in a season opener. Furthermore, it tied for the fourth-most assists in a single game by any UK player in the John Calipari era.

He didn't stop there, however. In UK's second win of the season, Fox tied with sophomore Isaiah Briscoe with 21 points, the most in a game this season for a Wildcat. Fox's night was highlighted by a 9-for-9 day at the charity stripe. In his first two games, Fox is a perfect 15 of 15 from the line.

This marks the third consecutive season the Wildcats have begun the season with a Freshman of the Week honor. Skal Labissiere (2015) and Trey Lyles (2014) were the others. It also marks the sixth time in eight seasons under Calipari a freshman has been honored by the league office after the opening week of play. Fox joins Eric Bledsoe (2009), Terrence Jones (2010) and Anthony Davis (2011) as the others.

Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday in the sixth edition of the Champions Classic. UK takes on Michigan State at 7 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. The game will air live on ESPN.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at UKathletics.com.

A.J. Youngman Signs with Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University has signed A.J. Youngman, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Manual (Ill.) High School, for next season.

Youngman previously played for Greenup County High School and Thomas Nelson High School in Kentucky.

He averaged 12.3 points per game for Manual last season as a junior.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – A.J. Youngman, a 6-5 guard out of Manual High School in Peoria, Illinois, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, head coach Dan McHale announced on Monday.

Youngman averaged 12.3 points-per-game and led Manual in three-point shooting as a junior. His play helped the Rams reach the Class 3A Illinois state semifinals.

"A.J. Youngman is as good of a shooter as I have ever seen," McHale said. "He has great size and is a tremendous passer. A.J. is an unbelievable addition to our program and will have an immediate impact. He is the son of a coach, and like I have said before, that is the highest compliment I can give."

Youngman scored over 1,100 points while playing three seasons of varsity basketball in Kentucky from 2012-14. He played at Greenup County High School as a seventh-grader and Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown as an eighth-grader and freshman. He averaged 19.0 points-per-game as an eighth-grader and was named all-region as a freshman.

Youngman enters his senior season at Manual having scored over 1,600 points in his high school career.

Youngman joins guards Dedric Boyd (Brownsville, Tennessee) and Peyton Broughton (London, Kentucky) in EKU's 2017 signing class. Look for additional information on Broughton later this week.

McHale's Colonels host mid-major power UNCW tonight at McBrayer Arena at 7:00 p.m.

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