Two of three highest scoring games of his young career led Tennessee freshman Grant Williams to some SEC honors on Monday.
The 6-foot-5 forward was named the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week, joining Texas A&M’s Robert Williams, after he had games with 18 and 30 points over the course of the past week for the Vols.
Grant Williams helped the Vols split against Ole Miss and Georgia with his efforts. Arguably his best game of the year came in Saturday’s disappointing loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. He scored 30 points in just 28 minutes of action, hitting 10-of-16 from the field and adding four rebounds, an assist and three blocks. His 18-point effort against Ole Miss also included seven rebounds and four blocks, giving him an average of 24.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 3.5 bpg over the past two games.
“It’s bittersweet,” Williams said after the game of his career-tying point total. “Points really didn’t matter that much to me. I really wanted to win. Not getting it really hurt, but we’ve got to worry about Kentucky next game, move on, and keep it going.”
The Vols travel to Rupp Arena in Lexington to face the No. 13 Wildcats at 7 pm ET on Tuesday. Currently listed as the first team out of the NCAA tournament by ESPN, the Vols, which are currently ranked No. 46 by the NCAA’s official RPI, will be looking to duplicate their win over Kentucky from last month to fortify their tournament odds.