Towns Named SEC Player of the Week for First Time

March 9, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Karl-Anthony Towns was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after a week where he led top-ranked Kentucky to two wins, which propelled the Wildcats to completing the regular season 31-0.

Towns is the first Wildcat to earn SEC Player of the Week this season.

Towns earned SEC Freshman of the Week three times this season. Kentucky hauled in 11 SEC Freshman of the Week accolades from a possible 17 weeks this season.

Devin Booker won the award a league-high five times -- including four straight from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2 -- Trey Lyles won it twice, while teammate TylerUlis garnered the award once.

Towns began the week by going for a career-high-tying 19 points, adding seven rebounds in a comeback victory at Georgia. He helped UK close the game out as 17 of his 19 points came in the second half.

In the win over Florida, he did a little bit of everything for the Wildcats. He was a force on the defensive end with six blocks, the second most on the season for the first-year player.

He also had 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Furthermore, he led UK with three assists.

For the week, Towns averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 assists.

The Wildcats return to action Friday at 1 p.m. ET in the SEC Tournament.

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