Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound sophomore guard from Greenville, Ga., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over Auburn and at South Carolina. He recorded his third double-double of the season as the Bulldogs defeated Auburn at home. He scored four of his points and had two key rebounds in the final 1:07, enabling Georgia to break open a close game. Caldwell-Pope has averaged 19.8 points, shooting 58 percent from the field – 47 percent from 3-point range – in Georgia’s past five games, four of which have resulted in Bulldog victories.
Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman forward from Everett, Mass., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 10.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks in wins at Ole Miss and at Texas A&M. Noel began the weed with a 12-block performance in an upset of No. 16 Ole Miss. The 12 rejections set a new single-game record for Kentucky and ranks as the third-most ever for an SEC player. He followed that defensive-gem with a breakout offensive outing in an overtime victory at Texas A&M. He logged a career-high 19 points and earned his third double-double of the season with 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds ranks as the second most in a single game in his career, and the most against an SEC foe. His .700 field goal clip also ranked as the best on the team.