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Cason Wallace Reflects On UK Debut

On the birthday of one of Kentucky's future point guards for this season, and maybe even THE starting point guard, we witnessed a near triple-double showing and an exciting win during his freshman debut.

Cason Wallace put up 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, along with 2 steals and just 2 turnovers through 35 minutes of clock time, shooting 63% (7/11) from the field and 50% (1/2) from the three-point line.

According to UK Sports Network football statistician, Corey Price, Cason became the only player to put up that stat-line regarding his points (15), rebounds (8), and assists (9) in school history during a debut. He also joined four other Kentucky greats at the guard position in producing that stat-line, being listed next to John Wall, Archie Goodwin, Isaiah Briscoe, and Ashton Hagans. When asked about his borderline triple-double performance, he said he didn't realize what he had done until really late into the game. “I didn’t (know) until late in the game. Lance [Ware] was like ‘yo, everybody box out, let Cason get the rebound.’ That’s my man right there." Lance Ware ended making both free-throws, but Wallace said, "I’m getting one this year.”

Amongst his peers, he tied for third in scoring, second in rebounds, first in assists, and tied first for steals recorded. In the television exit interview, John Calipari told Jimmy Dykes that Cason Wallace is a "good point guard." And if you were watching, that quote doesn't do it justice. The look on his face, the way he said it, he mean't really good in the way he expressed it.

The head coach rolled out Cason as the starting point guard as Sahvir Wheeler is still sidelined to an injury, and the young guard was asked on how he felt in doing so. “I feel like I did pretty good. Going against Sah (Sahvir Wheeler) in practice really helped me in this situation - going against quicker guards, using my body, and hitting the open man when they’re open.”

During his postgame interview with Jack "Goose" Givens on the UK Sports Network, Cason credited his teammates for his performance. "I just gotta thank my teammates, they made it happen for me." The team as a whole created 20 assists on 34 makes, showcasing a team that can really move the ball and put up points. "We got a great team. Everybody can score. So, just hit the open man and they will make the play. If its not for you, then make it for somebody else," said Wallace.

On joining the Kentucky basketball team as such a young freshman and making that jump to the next level and having so much expected from him, he expresses that "It's been a big change from high school, coming straight into one of the big programs in college basketball. Just learning and picking up things from the older guys, and playing with the other freshman. I like playing with Chris (Livingston) and Adou (Thiero), and everybody else, it makes things easier."

Kentucky will roll out the balls again this Friday when they host Duquesne inside Rupp Arena, and it's not been announced yet if Cason will have his co-guard next to him in the lineup in Sahvir Wheeler. If not, it'll be exciting to focus in on how he'll do at running point by himself again for another 35+ minutes. I know it's just been one game, and a bunch of exhibitions and preseason events, but what I am confident in saying is that he seems to be falling in line - as they do every year - of that next great Kentucky point guard.


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