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UK basketball’s Isaiah Briscoe named SEC’s freshman of the week

Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe, left, shot under pressure from Illinois State’s Paris Lee during the first half on Nov. 30.
Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe, left, shot under pressure from Illinois State’s Paris Lee during the first half on Nov. 30. Associated Press

Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe was named the Southeastern Conference’s freshman of the week for men’s basketball on Monday after averaging a team-best 19.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games.

Against Illinois State, Briscoe took over point-guard duties for the injured Tyler Ulis (hyperextended elbow). Briscoe was 7-for-13 from the field en route to a career-high 18-point performance. He also had a team-high three assists and grabbed seven rebounds.

Playing in the first true road game of his career against UCLA, Briscoe was a team-best 7-for-10 from the field for another career high — this time 20 points.

Briscoe, a Union, N.J., native, is averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in seven games this season.

It’s the first weekly SEC honor of Briscoe’s career and the third such award for the Cats this season. Ulis previously won SEC Co-Player of the Week honors and freshman forward Skal Labissiere was named the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week to start the season.

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