After earning All-Southeastern Conference honors earlier Tuesday, Kentucky freshmen Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox raked in another honor. The freshman duo is among 10 players selected for the United States Basketball Writers Association’s District IV Team.
Joining UK’s freshmen on the list are Bryce Brown (Auburn), Chris Chiozza (Florida), Jared Harper (Auburn), Nick King (Middle Tennessee State), Yante Maten (Georgia), Collin Sexton (Alabama), Jonathan Stark (Murray State) and Grant Williams (Tennessee).
The Wildcats have had 19 players named to the USBWA All-District team in the nine seasons under the direction of head coach John Calipari. Fifteen of those players were freshmen, including Devin Booker (2015), DeMarcus Cousins (2010), Anthony Davis (2012), De’Aaron Fox (2017), Terrence Jones (2011), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012), Brandon Knight (2011), Malik Monk (2017), Jamal Murray (2016), Nerlens Noel (2013), Julius Randle (2014), Karl-Anthony Towns (2015) and John Wall (2010).
Knox re-asserted himself into the national discussion as one of the nation’s best freshmen after a 34-point performance at then-No. 7/7 West Virginia.
The U.S. Basketball Writers of America named him both the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week and the Atlanta Tipoff Club tabbed him its Citizen Naismith National Player of the Week honors on Jan. 31. Knox was the second freshman this season to earn both USBWA honors in the same week, joining Oklahoma’s Trae Young, who did it in December. It was also his first SEC honor.
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