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Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for second time

By Keith Taylor
Kentucky Today

For the second time this season, Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.

Johnson led Kentucky with 24 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers in an 88-61 win over Utah last Saturday at Rupp Arena. It marked the third time this season Johnson has eclipsed the 20-point mark and is the Wildcats’ leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game.

Keldon Johnson celebrates after making a 3-pointer in a win over Utah last weekend at Rupp Arena. (Photo from UK Athletics)

Johnson said he’s simply shooting the ball “with confidence.”

My teammates just kept telling me to keep shooting, don’t think about it, and just let it go,” he said following the win over the Utes. “After I hit the first shot, I knew it was going to be a good day.”

Johnson said the Wildcats are becoming more willing passers and aren’t afraid to share the ball.

“I think we all have had our past habits because everyone was the go-to man on their teams,” he said. “It’s not necessarily them being selfish. It’s just habits that they’ve been used to in high school. We just emphasize in practice on making that pass ahead of time.”

Johnson, who has scored double figures in nine of the team’s 10 games this season, doesn’t mind being in the forefront of the team’s offense.

“Definitely, I’m comfortable with the offense going through me,” he said. “I know every night may not be my night. However, I think that I can make the right play and get my teammates involved.”

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21.

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