Alabama guard Jaden Shackelford has been tabbed the National Freshman of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), announced Tuesday by CBS.
In games against No. 11 Auburn and No. 25 LSU, the Hesperia, Calif., native averaged 27.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 steals over the two contests – more than any major-conference freshman in the country.
The rookie opened the week hitting 7-of-17 treys – both career bests – while tying his career-high of 28 points in the overtime loss to Auburn. Shackelford’s performance helped the Crimson Tide set SEC and program single-game records for threes made (22) and attempted (59).
He followed that up with 26 points against LSU, sinking 50.0 percent (9-of-18) of his shots from the floor and five treys in the victory to assist Alabama in its second win against a ranked opponent this season.
Shackelford also was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week and is the first member of the Crimson Tide to earn the honor this season.