To say that Kentucky basketball super freshman TyTy Washington has been anything but spectacular and vital to the Wildcat’s success over the past month would be an understatement. As proof of this, he was recognized Monday with his fourth straight SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
The 6-foot-3, 197-pound freshman from Phoenix, Arizona has come alive and found his comfort zone and identity that has led the Wildcats to a 6-1 record over the past four weeks. He also won the award on November 22 after three consecutive British victories.
Washington becomes the first player in the SEC to claim at least some of the credit in four consecutive weeks since former Cat Devin Booker won the award four times in a row during the 2014-15 season.
Kentucky basketball super frosh Washington joins elite Cats with honor
Booker and now Washington are the last players to achieve the feat five times in a single season.
But that’s not all the elite Wildcat company Washington is doing, as John Wall (2009-10) and Nerlens Noel (2012-13) also claimed the illustrious honor in four consecutive weeks.
Washington shared the frosh prize with Auburn star Jabari Smith this week and two weeks ago.
Smith, averaged 20 points ahead of Auburn in last week’s victories at Alabama and Ole Miss. He led the Tigers to a 16-1 record and a 5-0 start in the SEC with an average of 16.1 points per game and 6.2 rebounds and 0.437 percent of three.
Washington, however, elevated Kentucky to impressive victories in Vanderbilt and Tennessee at home. He led Big Blue with an average of 21.5 points per game and 4.5 assists per game. He made 66.7% of his field goals, made 50 percent of the 3-point range and dropped 80% from the free-throw line.
Forced to take the point for Kentucky while Sahvir Wheeler was still sidelined with an injury during the LSU game. Against Vandy, he scored 15 points, four assists, four rebounds, one steal and a block.
In an outrageous 107-79 win over Tennessee, all Washington did was score 28 career points, racked up five assists and grabbed three steals.
Then he was asked if Kentucky had proven itself against tougher and real competition.
“I feel like we’ve proved not only to other people but to ourselves that you know we can play with anyone in the country. We’ve always felt we can play with anyone in the country, not just beating smaller schools. We’ve always felt like we can compete with the best of the best, and it felt like we showed that tonight.”
Washington is alone as the only freshman in the country to average at least 13.0 points, at least 4.0 assists, and at least 4.0 rebounds per game, completing this feat by at least 45% from the field and 40% or better from behind the bow.
What John Calipari will do with Wheeler back in the lineup remains to be seen, but it’s clear that the show has boosted not only his game but his confidence as well. Something the Kentucky team will need as the brutal meat of his schedule lies ahead of them in the coming weeks.
That starts with the UK heading to College Station, Texas for a Wednesday fight with Texas A&M with an 8:30 p.m. ET tip on the SEC network.
Kentucky then heads to Auburn on Saturday, where Washington and Smith face off in what should be a close match. The Tigers currently have the longest winning streak of 13 games. The lone loss was a double heartthrob to UCONN on November 24 in the Bahamas.