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Kentucky freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week after strong performances vs. Arkansas and Missouri.
Vanderbilt averaged a double-double with 11.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in Kentucky’s two wins. The freshman forward began the week by scoring a career-high-tying 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a win at Arkansas. He followed that with his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 boards vs. Missouri.
The biggest difference for Vanderbilt was his shooting percentage, as he shot 80 percent from the field in the two wins. Prior to that, he was shooting 34 percent from the field. Additionally, he also recorded a career-high three blocked shots against Missouri.
In all, Vanderbilt is averaging a rebound every 2.1 minutes played. Since minute statistics became available in the 1962-63 season, Vanderbilt’s ratio of rebounds per minute is on pace for the best single-season mark in program history with a minimum of 100 minutes played. His current 7.8 rebounds per game average ranks fourth in the league.
Vanderbilt and Kentucky will wrap up the regular season with a home game vs. Ole Miss on Wednesday and a road trip to Florida on Saturday.