Updated: Feb 23
It is no secret that Kentucky Freshman Chris Livingston is emerging as one of the key players on this 2022-23 team. The nineteen-year-old guard/forward out of Oak Hill Academy has had a good freshman year thus far at Kentucky, as he is currently averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, as well as averaging 46.5 percent shooting for the entire year.
This week, Livingston had two really good games against both Mississippi State last Wednesday night and Tennessee this past Saturday, in a huge win against the tenth-ranked Volunteers. Livingston had thirteen points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block against the Bulldogs. He also had twelve points, ten rebounds (giving Livingston a double-double), one assist and one block against the Volunteers.
These two performances out of Chris Livingston were good enough to earn him some recognition from the Southeastern Conference. This week, Chris was awarded the conference Freshman of the Week award for averaging 12 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
To my knowledge, this is Livingston's first SEC Freshman of the Week award. Even though it took him until later on in the year to gain some legitimate confidence, and with there being a few more weeks left in the regular season, the way that he is playing at the moment I would not be surprised if he earned additional SEC honors.
"I would be lying if I said that I was happy-go-lucky the whole time, and honestly you must be tough to go through what I went through and what a lot of players go through being at Kentucky. So, I was just waiting for my turn. I just stayed with the process and trusted in the process and look where we are now," said Chris Livingston on finally finding his groove after a slow start to the season here at Kentucky:.