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Nerlens Noel named SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year


The SEC postseason awards are in! Congratulations to Nerlens Noel, who was named SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. Noel averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 24 games played. He logged 106 blocked shots and 50 steals to become just the second player in school history to amass 100 or more blocked shots in a season. His 50 steals were the fifth-most by a Kentucky freshman in a single season.

That’s not all. Noel was all named to All-SEC first team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team. Willie Cauley-Stein, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress also made the All-Freshman team.

Kyle Wiltjer was also named SEC Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 10.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during the regular season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was named SEC Player of the Year and Billy Donovan SEC Coach of the Year.

Here’s the complete list:

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama — G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Erik Murphy, Florida — F/C, 6-10, 238, Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia — G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky — F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU — F, 6-9, 256, So., Cleveland, Miss.
Phil Pressey, Missouri — G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jordan McRae, Tennessee — G, 6-5, 178, Jr., Midway, Ga.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M — G, 6-5, 209, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.

Second Team All-SEC
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas — F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
BJ Young, Arkansas — G, 6-3, 180, So, St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton, Florida — G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
^Mike Rosario, Florida — G, 6-3, 183, Sr., Jersey City, N.J.
^Patric Young, Florida — C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss — G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Hurst, Texas
Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss — F, 6-7, 240, Sr., Irmo, S.C.
Laurence Bowers, Missouri — F, 6-8, 227, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee — F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC All-Freshman Team
Michael Frazier II, Florida — G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia — G, 6-4, 205, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga.
^Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky — F, 7-0, 244, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky — G, 6-4.5, 198, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky — F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
^Alex Poythress, Kentucky — F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.

Craig Sword, Mississippi State — G, 6-3, 189, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.
^Gavin Ware, Mississippi State — F, 6-9, 270, Fr., Starkville, Miss.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina — F, 6-5, 212, Fr., Anzoátegui, Venezuela

SEC All-Defensive Team
^Trevor Releford, Alabama — G, 6-1, 185, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida — G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
^Patric Young, Florida — C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky — F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Anthony Hickey, LSU — G, 5-11, 178, So., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss — F, 6-9, 235, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

^-Ties are not broken

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

Go Cats.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for Nerlens Noel named SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year

  1. NotSoFast
    11:09 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    ho dayum, surprised wiltjer got that award..

  2. HellofromTexas
    11:14 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats to all the Cats for their awards. Big Congrats to Nerlens and Kyle…huge accomplishments! Can’t wait for Friday to get here, ready to get this party started.

  3. RealCatsFan
    11:18 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Obviously, the voting for Sixth Man of the Year was taken before Wiltjer started his skid…

  4. Michael F. Jox
    11:23 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, Kyle winning 6th man of the yr only further proves how much the SEC sucks this yr. I really thought Martin would win COY

  5. BBN
    11:27 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    There is no doubt that Noel earned the awards with his outstanding play. However, the last thing the SEC coaches want is to see him return for his sophomore season. It is better for them to award him with top SEC honors and keep his NBA Draft status high so he will leave. In years past, Kentucky has had several outstanding players and coaches who did not receive SEC awards they deserved because they were blackballed by the voting of other SEC coaches.

  6. True Fans?
    11:32 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s take an opportunity to rip Kyle Wiltjer.

  7. Matt
    11:35 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    5. that’s a hell of a conspiracy theory.

  8. the brown eye
    11:38 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    I am happy for all the accolades UK kids got. But why 8 on the first team? it does not indicate any ties on the first team? so why not name the top 5?

  9. Han
    11:45 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    It’s really my opinion that while Florida has a good team (albeit one that should’ve lost fewer games and finished ranked higher), he returned a significant number of players from last year’s NCAA team. Cal, on the other hand, only returned Wiltjer and Polson as guys who played much at all last year, and we still finished 2nd in the SEC despite losing Noel. Yes, Cal had the #2 recruiting class, but recruiting is part of coaching, and it’s probable that no one has done as much in the SEC with so much youth ever.

  10. barn
    11:52 am March 12, 2013 Permalink

    9**if cal couldn’t win coy in his 1st year after taking a team of freshmen, that was in the nit the previous year, we probably shouldn’t expect it this year. he lost to stallings that 1st

  11. RahRah
    12:26 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations, Big Guy! Praying for this guy today.

  12. really
    12:51 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    there must be a shortage of the sixth man, Kyle Wheelchair must have been playing on some other network.Congrats to Nerlens and the rest of the CATS!

  13. 13. Picture Boy Says
    1:30 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Turn the balls around Julius and Archie. How many times must I tell you they should not be upside down?

  14. Patrick Sparks' undershirt
    2:24 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    @13 I think you meant Archie and Alex. I’m thoroughly surprised that Jarnell Stokes and everyone’s favorite Coors Light drinker Marshall Henderson weren’t 1st teamers. Congrats to all who were acknowledged (especially those from UK), but I expected Anthony Grant or Cuonzo Martin to be COY.

  15. Bluecreeker
    3:20 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink


    Really, do you know THAT little about Basketball?

    Prop’s to Kyle for the deserved recognition. Kyle Witjer understands the offensive side of the game better than anybody else on the team. He is the best passer and play maker by far…… there is no other candidate.

    Even with NN in the game they all looked lost unless the offense ran through Kyle.


  16. leedee
    7:33 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Those fellas have balls.