Antonio Reeves Selected to Jerry West Award Top 10 List
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts – Kentucky guard Antonio Reeves was selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Top 10 list for the 2024 Jerry West Award on Tuesday. Named after the Naismith Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player, the award is in its 10th year.
The Chicago native is UK’s leading scorer at 19.5 points per game. Reeves is tallying marks of 50.2% from the field, 43.1% from 3-point range and 87.3% from the charity stripe — all career bests.
He 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.
Fans can support their favorite players in the remaining rounds by participating in Fan Voting, starting on Feb. 2 at hoophallawards.com. The Fan Vote will count as one committee vote during the finalist selection process.
Reeves is the only player from the Southeastern Conference to appear on the top 10 list for the nation’s best shooting guard. The reigning SEC Sixth Man of the Year ranks first in the league in free-throw percentage and 3-point percentage, second in made 3s per game, fourth in points per game and seventh in field-goal percentage.
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.
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