TyTy Washington’s performance vs. Ohio did not go unnoticed. Washington won SEC Freshman of the Week for his play in Kentucky’s wins over Mount St. Mary’s and Ohio. It’s the first such honor of his career and the first weekly SEC award for a Wildcat this season. LSU’s Darius Days took home SEC Player of the Week.
Washington averaged a team-high 18.0 points in the two victories, along with 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He was particularly impressive vs. Ohio, finishing with 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, his first career double-double. He also had a career-high five assists and one block. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Washington is just the third player in the John Calipari era to record at least 20 points, at least 10 rebounds, and at least five assists in a game, joining Isaiah Briscoe and James Young.
“I wouldn’t say it’s my coming out party,” Washington said after the win over Ohio on Friday. “I feel like I still have a foot or two to come out. It was fun. I was more comfortable. If I just keep believing in myself, staying in the gym, knowing that I got the coaches trusting me and the players trusting me, everything is gonna play out just how I want it to. With two starters missing it was just my opportunity to step up and do what the team needed.”
Through four games, Washington and Oscar Tshiebwe lead the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game each. Tonight, the Cats take on Albany at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+/ESPN+.