Noel SEC Freshman Of Week & Geico Play Of Year Nominee

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Updated: 2/04/2013 7:29 pm
Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has been named the SEC freshman of the week for a third consecutive time. Noel is also among the nominees for Geico's play of the year.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nerlens Noel earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week accolades for the third-consecutive time, the SEC office announced Monday.

Noel averaged 10.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks in wins at Ole Miss and at Texas A&M.

Noel began the week with a 12-block performance in an upset of No. 16 Ole Miss. The 12 rejections set a new single-game record for Kentucky and ranks as the third-most ever for an SEC player.

He followed that defensive-gem with a breakout offensive outing in an overtime victory at 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.

The SEC honor is the third of his career after winning the award the last two weeks. He's the first player since John Wall in the 2010 season to earn the award three straight weeks. Wall was named SEC Freshman of the week four straight times that season.

CHICAGO – Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel’s alley-oop dunk at Auburn on Jan. 19 has been nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year, Intersport announced today.

Each week for eight weeks, four college basketball plays will be nominated as the GEICO Play of the Year. Each week’s winner will be determined by fan voting through the official Facebook page (

The eight finalists will compete in a week-long competition to determine the GEICO Play of the Year. The winner will be announced during the GEICO Best of College Basketball special which airs April 6 on CBS.

To watch Noel's nominated play, click here.

Noel’s jam is competing against three other plays from week four: a game-winning corner 3-pointer by Boise State’s Jeff Elorriaga, a slam by Ohio State’s Sam Thompson and a fade-away buzzer beater by Cincinnati’s Cashmere Wright.

To watch or support Noel or any of the other highlight plays, visit Fans can also share their vote with Facebook friends. Week four voting opened today and ends Monday, Feb. 11, at 11:59 A.M. ET.


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