Kentucky freshman Julius Randle has earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors to open the 2013-14 season.
Randle averaged 22.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game with a pair of double-doubles in UK’s two home victories.
With 45 total points scored on the weekend, he tallied more points than any other UK freshman in his first two games under John Calipari. The previous high was John Wall in 2009-10 who totaled 40 in his first two outings.
The Dallas, Texas, native is the first Wildcat to have consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound games since Patrick Patterson in December of 2008. His 23-point, 16-rebound effort in his collegiate debut vs. UNC Asheville was just two points and one rebound shy of matching UK first-game records in both categories. Terrence Jones has 25 points in his opening game, while Sam Bowie pulled down 17 rebounds in 1979 to begin his career.
Randle shot 27 free throws this weekend, making 21. His three assists against Northern Kentucky led the team.w
The Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday, as UK travels to Chicago for the Champions Classic in a showdown with No. 2 Michigan State at 7:30 on ESPN.