Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 24:
Volleyball: Whitney Billings
Senior Whitney Billings recorded her 39th career double-double against Texas A&M. Her 15 kills marked a three-set high for the season. She also added 10 digs and was one of four players to log double-digit digs as UK set a new program-record for digs in a three-set match in the 25-point rally scoring era. She also added a pair of blocks in the victory. Against Missouri, she had team-highs in kills (9) and digs (8). For the weekend, she received 39 serves the second most on the squad and she did not commit a single error. For the week, she averaged 4.00 kills per set and 3.00 digs per frame while posting 4.50 points per set.
Volleyball: Zan Morgan
Senior Alexandra Morgan had another tremendous weekend defensively for the Cats. In a win over Texas A&M she posted a team-high eight blocks. She has now logged five or more blocks in a match against SEC opponents in 10 matches. She also contributed 10 kills on a team-high .529 hitting percentage and added a pair of digs. Against Missouri, she again led the team in blocks and also contributed seven kills. For the week, she averaged 2.83 kills per set on a .394 hitting clip. She also picked up 0.67 digs per set and had a team-high 1.83 blocks per game.
Men's basketball: Julius Randle
- Julius Randle is first freshman and just the fourth Wildcat in program history and the first since Jim Andrews in 1971-72 to open the season with five-straight double-double efforts.
- He's the first UK player to have five-straight games with double-figure rebounding since Anthony Davis to conclude the 2012 season.
- Has scored 20 or more points in four of five games this season.
- Randle's 68 rebounds is the most for any UK freshman in the John Calipari era, besting Terrence Jones' 51. Randle is just two points shy of matching Jones' scoring output through the first five games with 104 points.
- Dished out four assists against UT Arlington and that number is a season-high.
- The two blocks ranks as a season-high.
Men's basketball: James Young
- Scored a career-high 26 points to lead all scorers in a win over UT Arlington
- Knocked down a UK season-high five 3-pointers
- Has hit at least on 3-pointer in all five games this season and is the only Wildcat to do so
- Dished out a career-high three assists
- Two steals also marked a career-best
- Has scored in double-figures in each of Kentucky's last three games