Last year's top-ranked recruiting class has now produced the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Week honor among four different Kentucky players.
Nerlens Noel became the latest to join the list on Monday after the league honored him for his performance in the Wildcats' wins over Tennessee and Auburn. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 11 points, nine rebounds, 6.5 blocked shots and two steals against the Volunteers and Tigers.
Noel has blocked 20 shots over the last three games, matching a career high of seven in Saturday's 75-53 win at Auburn. He now has 69 rejections through 17 games, pushing his average to 4.06 per game. During Anthony Davis' record-setting season a year ago, he had 78 blocked shots through 17 games, an average of 4.58 per game.
The Massachusetts native needs only one more blocked shot to join UK's single-season top 10 list. He is the only player in the country to rank among the top 30 in rebounds, blocks and steals.
Noel joins teammates Willie Cauley-Stein, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress as other Freshman of the Week honorees. Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer has also earned SEC Player of the Week accolades this season.
Kentucky (12-5, 3-1 SEC) returns to action Tuesday at Alabama. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Noel named SEC Freshman of Week
Fightin Gators Top Stories
Kowar and a big 2nd help Gators sweepSophomore right hander Jackson Kowar was dominant on the mound for most of his 5.2 innings of play Sunday and the No. 2 Florida Gators (3-0) put together a scintillating, six-run…
Fightin Gators2:29 PM
The Opening Orlando Regional: Finals InvitesDAVENPORT, Fla. -- Scout takes a closer look at the 12 prospects that earned finals invites from the Opening Orlando Regional.
Scout Football1:50 PM
Gators respond well in 8-1 win over The TribeFlorida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is used to his team coming out in the opening weekend of the baseball season overly anxious and letting that mindset get in the way of playing…
Fightin GatorsYesterday at 7:41 PM
Gators find a way to win in StarkvilleWith John Egbunu’s season done for, perhaps Florida’s motto for the rest of this basketball season should be “find a way to win.
Fightin GatorsYesterday at 5:26 PM