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Kentucky's Young wins two awards for performance vs. Louisville

Kentucky Wildcats guard James Young (1) held up his follow through after nailing a three pointer over Louisville Cardinals forward Luke Hancock (11) as #18 Kentucky defeated #6 Louisville 73-66  on Saturday December 28, 2013 in  Lexington ,Ky.  Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Kentucky Wildcats guard James Young (1) held up his follow through after nailing a three pointer over Louisville Cardinals forward Luke Hancock (11) as #18 Kentucky defeated #6 Louisville 73-66 on Saturday December 28, 2013 in Lexington ,Ky. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Kentucky's James Young was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and ESPN National Player of the Week on Monday, two days after recording his first career double-double in the Wildcats' 73-66 victory over Louisville on Saturday.

Young, a guard/forward from Rochester Hills, Mich., scored a team-high 18 points while posting career bests in rebounds (10) and assists (four).

With Saturday's game tied at 53, Young made a three-pointer to spark a 13-3 Kentucky spurt that put the game away for the Cats.

Young has made at least one three-pointer in all but two games this season and has hit multiple threes in eight games including the win over Louisville.

Young is third on the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game. He also averages 4.2 rebounds. The freshman has made a team-high 29 three-point baskets in 86 attempts (33.7 percent)

Young was previously honored as the league's freshman of the week on Nov. 25.

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