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Noel named to Sporting News’ All-Freshman Team

The postseason also means it’s awards season.

Now that the regular season is over, we should start seeing plenty of awards roll out over the next few days and weeks. While the Wildcats won’t reel in hardware like Anthony Davis did a season ago, there should still be several awards for the Wildcats.

Nerlens Noel kicked awards season off by getting named to Sporting News’ All-Freshman Team. Noel was joined by Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, Kansas’ Ben McLemore and UNLV’s Anthony Bennett.

Despite missing the final fourth of the regular season, Noel finished his freshman season second on UK’s single-season blocked shots list, behind only Davis. Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 blocks.

You can view Sporting News’ full post here, but here is what Mike DeCourcy wrote about Noel, who finished the season

Noel is a deserving member of this team despite the gruesome knee injury that ended his outstanding freshman season on Feb. 12. In his 24 games, the 6-10 Noel averaged 4.4 blocks, 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game; his total of 106 blocks on the year is fifth in the country. Here’s more perspective on how much his shot-blocking ability impacted Kentucky—Noel had 60 blocks in 11 SEC contests before the injury; Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer, made 64 field goals in his first 11 SEC contests.