Congrats go out to Nerlens Noel for the second week in a row as he was again named the SEC Freshman of the Week. Noel earned this in a loss to Alabama and a win over LSU.
Noel was his usual stat-filler self in the two games. On the road against the Crimson Tide he had eight points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks, and a steal. At home against the Tigers, Noel had 10 points, eight rebounds, six blocks and two steals. Noel isn’t the problem with this team and he continues to bring it every night. Way to go big man and keep up the good work.
Willie Cauley-Stein update: The injured big man will travel with the team tomorrow night to face off against Ole Miss. John Calipari said that even though WCS is making the trip, it is doubtful that he will play. Cal was tight-lipped about the big man’s progress and said that his progress is going as expected.
Marshall Henderson is quickly becoming the most hated man in the SEC. He’s cocky, he’s flashy, and he’s good. He is averaging 19.2 points per game and has the knack for coming through big in the clutch. He hit two game winning free throws against Auburn on Saturday (yes, Ole Miss only beat Auburn by two), then popped his jersey to the Auburn fans and acted like a buffoon. Check out the epicness here.
Kentucky is going to have their hands full with him. We have already seen a couple of guys in the SEC torch the Wildcats. Elston Turner torched the Cats for 40 and Jordan McRae had himself a day at Rupp by scoring 23.
The thing is that Henderson is better than both. I’m not sure who Cal is going to put on the guy but whoever it is will have to bring everything they have on defense.
But I can’t say that I didn’t pose for pictures like that when I was in college. But then again, I wasn’t a high-profile athlete on a full ride.