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Andy Kennedy can’t help it, compares Noel to Anthony Davis

All season, we’ve tried to avoid comparing Nerlens Noel to Anthony Davis, but in recent games, Noel’s ability to completely alter a game defensively makes that pretty difficult. In fact, on today’s SEC coaches’ teleconference, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy called Noel “an incredible, incredible talent at the basket” whose “mind-boggling” play in the SEC so far has him thinking he might be an even more intimidating presence around the basket than Davis:

“Obviously, last year they had a very, very special player at the basket in Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis was probably a little bit bigger, and I’m not sure that he was the presence that Noel is at the basket defensively. He completely changes the game, plays with a lot of confidence, and you can see, a lot like Davis last year, as the season is getting further along, the kid is growing leaps and bounds offensively as well.””

Noel has 83 blocks so far this season, which is only six off Anthony Davis’ record-breaking pace. In SEC play alone, Noel already has 37 blocks. While it’s hard to imagine him breaking Davis’ record of 186 if the Cats don’t go far in March, he’s already tied Melvin Turpin and Andre Riddick’s previous record of 83.

Can we please keep him?

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25 Comments for Andy Kennedy can’t help it, compares Noel to Anthony Davis

  1. AG Slater
    1:17 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Andy Kennedy for president. Flattop for Secretary of State. Billy G for Mayor

  2. Reality Check
    1:27 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Noel has 82 blocks on the season, not 83.

  3. Reality Check
    1:36 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    There was a game about three games ago when he had 8 blocks. But when the official stats came out, he only had 7 blocks. ESPN and CBS Sports have him with 82 blocks right now. I would be completely on board with him having 83 and not 82. As I watched that game in question, I had him with a count of 8 blocks and not 7, but my vote doesn’t count.

  4. uk3k
    1:45 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Reality Check- The man has 83 blocks, you have 0 credible posts

  5. seriously
    1:46 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    regardless of whether it’s 82 or 83 blocks, Noel is showing himself to be a better all-around defender than Davis when you factor in his quick hands and steals numbers. Crazy that we would be saying that only 1 year later..although Davis was much better on offense

  6. Reality Check
    1:48 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    uk3k – Why are you attacking me? I said that I agree that he should have 83 blocks. I also gave you two websites that say he only has 82. Take it down a notch. Can you not debate someone without calling them into question?

  7. Han
    1:48 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    8) Our guards have done a terrible job of finding Noel when he’s open, especially for lobs. Every game, there are 1 or 2 plays at least where he’s open, the guard is going with his head down or turning and dribbling around the arc.

  8. TN Cat
    1:52 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Everyone must be bored today if we’re arguing over one blocked shot.

  9. cristoforouk
    1:52 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Noel is a better 1on1 defender than Davis. Much better all around (steals, active hands, just being disruptive). Davis was incredible as a help defender, better than Noel. It’s not fair to compare them because they are two different players but it is inevitable. Both are two of the best defensive players to ever play college basketball.

  10. WTF
    1:53 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    They showed a graphic that said 88 during the game the other night. Had him only 1 behind Davis at this point.

  11. Bobby
    1:54 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    10. I agree, guards this year are terrible at finding the post. To go along with goodwins craziness of just throwing it up instead of passing

  12. Reality Check
    2:01 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    The official box score from the Alabama game now shows Noel with 8 blocks (which is correct, as referred to by my count as I watched the game). However, the initial box score that I always get from originally said only 7 blocks for that game. I copied and pasted that first box score as soon as it went up on the website. It has since been changed (in UK’s and Noel’s favor). Mystery solved. Now ESPN and CBS Sports needs to catch up to everyone else.
    As I recall the 7th and 8th blocks in that game came on the same play with back to back blocks.

  13. SeaCat
    2:01 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    What position will Noel play in the NBA?

  14. AutoLob
    2:06 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Oh Archie and Ryan, why hast thou forsaken me?

  15. MJ4UK
    2:11 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    7 blocks was the record in Tuscaloosa, previously held by Jamaal Magloire, 8 is the new record, courtesy of the flat top feller.

  16. Big Blue 66
    2:33 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Im sure plenty will disagree, but the difference between this years team and lasts years team is the summer practice with the NBA guys and 3 main players left over (miller, jones and lamb) imagine this years freshmen if say, MKG and Teague came back, what would we be looking at?

  17. BlueRedNeck
    2:37 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    19, don’t know, but I sure would like to have MKG for tomorrow night’s game to shut down Henderson. I’m afraid we may not have a defender who can shut him down.

  18. Jmeeks23
    2:43 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    I still think if i would have came back and played with wall and cousins we would be looking at title 9 instead of 8 for Uk right now. 3 point shooting is what killed us against west virginia. Oh if only.

  19. morgan freeman
    2:53 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    In all honesty, if we’d have gotten Shabazz Muhammad, all discussions of ‘what’s wrong’ would be moot…UK would be nationally in the top 10 and all would be well. Cal put all his eggs in that basket, and for once he whiffed.
    Imagine last year’s team without AD, or Cal’s first team without John Wall. Getting the #1 guy or not makes a HUGE difference.

  20. MC
    2:54 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    #21-If Derek Anderson plays in 97 you can add another. It is what it is though.

  21. MJ4UK
    3:06 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    #22 what other basket was there to put them in??? Not much else available

  22. Syrin
    3:08 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    According to these stats, Nerlens is a lsightly better defender than Davis, while Davis, as we all know is the better offensive player.

    Interestingly, only one player was better as a college player than Davis in the past 7 years, and that was Michael Beasley who was a best in college, but an unmotivated pot head (surprise, surprise) in the NBA