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

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nerlens-noel-and-alex-poythress 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.

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2021-09-18