Monk Tabbed Player and Newcomer of the Year by AP
Monk and Fox on first team, Adebayo a second-team selection
Fox led the league in assists per game at 5.0 per outing. He also ranked in the top 10 in scoring at 15.5 points per game. He is one of three freshmen in the country to average at least 15.5 points and 5.0 assists per game. Markelle Fultz from Washington and NC State's Dennis Smith Jr., are the others. He made history in November, becoming just the second player in Kentucky history to register a triple-double. Fox had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the historic game vs. Arizona State. It marked the first triple-double since Chris Mills' had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on Dec. 27, 1988. Against Stephen F. Austin, in the season opener, Fox dished out 12 assists to set two program records. The 12 dimes were the most by any Wildcat in his debut, and the most of any player in a season-opening game since assists began being kept during the 1971-72 season.
Adebayo consistently improved as the season went along. He became an inside force for UK's guard-centric lineup. The Little Washington, North Carolina, native scored in double figures in 24 of his last 28 games and averaged 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during league competition. He has a team-high five double-doubles on the year with three coming among his last six games to conclude the regular season. En route to winning his first SEC Freshman of the Week honor of the season, Adebayo made history along the way. With back-to-back double-doubles against Missouri and Florida, Adebayo hauled in 15 rebounds in both games. He became the first Wildcat to register consecutive games with 15 or more rebounds since Jared Prickett on Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, 1994. It was the first time a UK player had consecutive games with 15 or more boards in league play since Sam Bowie on March 1 and March 3, 1984.
The three freshmen led the Wildcats in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks for the season in and helped guide UK to its 48th SEC regular-season title.
Kentucky returns to action in the opening round of the SEC Tournament on Friday. UK will take on the winner of Thursday's Georgia-Tennessee game on Friday at 1 p.m. ET. The game is set to air live on the SEC Network.