Posted: Feb 4, 2013 11:26 AM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Feb 4, 2013 11:28 AM
By the end of the season, the SEC Freshman of the Week award might have a new name. The Nerlens Noel Award. This is the third week in a row he's won the award.
For some reason, the SEC calls him a forward. UK's center averaged a double-double, 10.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks in wins at Ole Miss and at Texas A&M.
Against Ole Miss, Noel set a UK single game record with 12 blocks as UK upset No. 16 Ole Miss. The 12 rejections ranks as the third-most ever for an SEC player.
Against Texas A&M he logged a career-high 19 points and earned his third double-double of the season with 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds ranks as the second most in a single game in his career, and the most against an SEC foe. His .700 field goal clip also ranked as the best on the team.
Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound sophomore guard from Greenville, Ga., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over Auburn and at South Carolina.
He recorded his third double-double of the season as the Bulldogs defeated Auburn at home. He scored four of his points and had two key rebounds in the final 1:07, enabling Georgia to break open a close game. Caldwell-Pope has averaged 19.8 points, shooting 58 percent from the field - 47 percent from 3-point range - in Georgia's past five games, four of which have resulted in Bulldog victories.