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Dec. 16 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 16:

Men's basketball: Nerlens Noel

Freshman Nerlens Noel continues to be a presence in all phases of the game following another quality outing in a win over Lipscomb. Noel posted seven points, nine rebounds, seven blocks, four steals and had an assist. He has logged five or more blocks in three-straight games including back-to-back seven-block performances. The seven blocks are a career-high. He's the first UK player to have 7+ blocks in two-straight games since Anthony Davis had seven vs. Tennessee and eight at LSU last season. He has logged at least six rebounds in every game and posted two or more steals in eight games this season. With four swipes against Lipscomb, Noel with 28 steals on the season is on pace to break UK's single-season steals record held by guard Rajon Rondo.

Men's basketball: Kyle Wiltjer

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer turned in the best performance of his career with a 23-point, 12-rebound outing in a win over Lipscomb on Saturday. Wiltjer registered his first career double-double effort with a career-high 12-rebounds and a season-high 23 point effort. His 7-of-9 day behind the arc also resulted in career-best tallies. The seven made 3-pointers matches a career-high total, while the .778 percentage is a career-high to couple with the made field goals and attempts. It is the first 20-point, 10-rebound performance for UK since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in last season's Sweet 16 game. The 20-point game for Wiltjer is the second of the season and just the third of his career. The seven made 3-pointers ranks as the second-highest made in the John Calipari era, while the .778 clip is the fourth-best with a minimum of six-made 3-pointers during the four-year tenure of Calipari.

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