Noel wins third straight SEC Freshman of the Week honor

It’s a three-peat!

Following a record-breaking defensive performance and an impressive double-double, Kentucky freshman forward Nerlens Noel was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday for the third straight week.

Noel was essentially a shoo-in for his third SEC honor of the season after blocking a school-record 12 shots in UK’s win at Ole Miss on Tuesday. The 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman followed up that dominant defensive outing with a career-high 19 points and 14 rebounds in the victory at Texas A&M, his third career double-double.

For the week, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.0 blocks. He has 97 blocks on the season.

Monday’s award marks the seventh SEC honor for the Wildcats this year. Noel is 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.

Noel was also named Sports Illustrated’s national player of the week.