Kentucky Wildcats guard Cason Wallace came into Lexington with plenty of buzz. The freshman guard was ranked 21st in ESPN's high school basketball rankings.
Any time a top recruit heads to Kentucky, it's going to generate lofty expectations. The Wildcats have been a powerhouse program, consistently producing NBA talent. With a roster featuring plenty of returning pieces, the 16th-ranked Wildcats (6-2) once again look like a tough team.
Listed at 6-foot-4, Cason Wallace has the tools to be a fascinating combo guard at the next level. What he does on the court makes him a special talent. The stats won't tell the entire story about the combo guard. Wallace is averaging 11.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.
While that looks solid at first glance, it's not just about the offensive side of the ball for Wallace. He's also averaging 2.6 steals per game and has been a dominant defender. One of the NCAA's most complete guards, Wallace is a potential weapon for the next level.
Kentucky Wildcats freshman Cason Wallace starting to shine in NCAA
It hasn't taken long for Kentucky Wildcats freshman Cason Wallace to get the intrigue of NBA scouts and personnel. While Wallace has been filling up the box score throughout the season, he's also been efficient.
Wallace is shooting 53.1%, including 50.0% from 3-point range. Sharing the backcourt with senior guard Sahvir Wheeler, the talented freshman has done a great job of finding his role early on.
Kentucky looks like a talented team, moving to 6-2 after Sunday's big win over the Michigan Wolverines 73-69 on Sunday. The Wildcats take on the Yale Bulldogs on Saturday. After that, they will face the 19th-ranked UCLA Bruins (7-2) on Dec. 17.
One of Wallace's best performances came Sunday against Michigan in London, England. The talented freshman finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. That performance included a clutch 3-point shot with less than two minutes remaining to give Kentucky a huge boost.
Wallace has started to intrigue NBA personnel with his potential to be a two-way player at the next level. Although he hasn't put up jaw-dropping statistics on a regular basis, his impact is felt beyond the box score. Wallace has become one of the country's top defensive guards. If his offensive game can continue to develop, he's going to heat up in NBA draft conversations.