John Wall has had a decent start to his UK career, huh?
After an opening three game stretch to be remembered, Andy Katz has named John Wall the national player of the week in his Weekly Watch column:
Wall ushered himself into Kentucky lore with his game-winning shot to beat Miami (Ohio) 72-70 in his first collegiate game. He finished the game with 19 points, shooting 10-of-14 from the free throw line. But Wall didn’t stop there. He scored 21 points in each of Kentucky’s next two games — wins over Sam Houston State and Rider — including 11 assists in the win over the Broncs.
You could see his game develop over the course of the week, even if Kentucky’s defense faded. Wall committed a combined 11 turnovers in his first two games, but had only two in the win over Rider. The Wildcats won all three of their games last week and Wall was a major player in each of them.
Teammate DeMarcus Cousins joined him as another honoree:
DeMarcus Cousins, Fr., F, Kentucky: Yes, one of those other freshmen faces on the Wildcats made himself known this week with 27 points and 18 boards in the Wildcats’ close call against Sam Houston State. He followed it up with 18 points, six rebounds and five blocks in UK’s win over Rider.
Oh yeah, and while we’re on the subject of stand out performances by Wildcats, Sam Maxwell has been named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his showing against Georgia in which he made a career high 11 tackles and the game sealing interception.
It has been a joy to watch Maxwell step up during his senior year, getting his first chance to start. All the kid has done is make plays, and in the process has likely earned himself a chance at the next level.