Noel Repeats as SEC Freshman of the Week

Jan. 28, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Freshman Nerlens Noel earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week accolades for the second-consecutive week following another impressive week of play. The Everett, Mass., native is the first multi-winner of the season for the Cats.

Noel averaged nine points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks in games against Alabama and LSU last week. He swatted a career-high eight blocks against the Crimson Tide. He then registered six rejections against the Tigers to run his season total to 83 which ranks as the second-most in a single season in UK allure.

With 10 points against LSU he has scored in double-figures in all but one SEC game this season. His 13 boards against the Tide were a high in league competition as well.

Noel has tallied 34 blocks over the team's last five games while also averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds per game. His .629 field goal percentage tops the team.

The SEC honor is the second of his career after winning the award last week for the first time. He's the first player in the conference to earn multiple honors this season.

Kentucky returns to the floor when it begins another two-game stretch away from home. UK begins the run with a date at Ole Miss on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.