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Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones was named among 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Award as announced by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).
Jones is currently leading the team in rebounding (9.1), blocked shots (55) and double-doubles (10). His 17.3 points per game average ranks fifth in the SEC. He leads the league in rebounding and ranks sixth in the league in blocked shots at 2.0.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership of the association, which consists of nearly 900 journalists.
The presentation of this year’s award will take place on Friday, April 1 at the USBWA’s annual awards breakfast at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is awarded to the USBWA’s Player of the Year.
UK freshman Brandon Knight was named the SEC Freshman of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday. Knight averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in games against Arkansas and Florida. Knight recorded his UK freshman record 12th 20-point game with a career-high 26 points at Arkansas while also pulling down a career-best eight rebounds. He averaged 5.5 assists on the week and is averaging 6.8 over the last four games. His three 3-pointers on the week put him one-shy of the UK freshman record for 3-pointers in a season with 67.
The awards is Knight’s fifth this season and the 12th for Kentucky.