Antonio Reeves Part of Wooden Award Late Season Watch List
LOS ANGELES – Continuing to receive national recognition, Kentucky men’s basketball guard, Antonio Reeves was named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Watch List on Tuesday night by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Reeves joins the group of front-runners for the prestigious honor which recognizes the most outstanding player in men’s and women’s college basketball. The 20 student-athletes were chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on performances during the 2023-24 season.
Players not chosen to the late season list are still eligible for the Wooden Award National Ballot, which consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” at the NCAA Tournament, while the winner will be presented following the tournament’s conclusion in April.
Reeves, who was also tabbed to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Top 10 list for the 2024 Jerry West Award earlier on Tuesday, is enjoying a standout season, leading the Wildcats with 19.5 points per game while registering career bests in field goal percentage (50.2%), 3-point percentage (43.1%) and free throw percentage (87.3%).
He is one of three players in the SEC in the late season top-20 alongside Auburn’s Johni Broome and Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht.
The Chicago native tallied 30 points in a win at Louisville and followed that performance with 27 against Illinois State. Reeves was just the fourth UK player to ever score 30 or more in the series vs. Louisville. With the 30-point effort at Louisville, Reeves joined Oscar Tshiebwe (4), Malik Monk (4) and Jamal Murray (3) as the only players in the John Calipari era to have multiple games with 30 or more points.
Reeves has topped double-figure scoring in all but one game this season and eclipsed the 20-point plateau in 10 games. He is just the second UK player under Calipari to have 20 career 20-or-more scoring efforts, joining 2022 National Player of the Year, Tshiebwe, in that category. Seven of his career 20-plus point scoring efforts have come on the road.
Against Georgia, he eclipsed 2,000 career points combining his time at Illinois State and at Kentucky. As a Wildcat, he’s just 142 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau.
UK has had two players win the Wooden Award in its history in Anthony Davis (2012) and Oscar Tshiebwe (2022).
The Wildcats return to Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tip against Florida. The game will air on ESPN.