Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior guard from Hurst, Texas, was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and three steals in wins at Vanderbilt and against Arkansas. He scored a game-high 26 points in the Rebels’ overtime win at Vanderbilt including a 35-foot buzzer beater as time expired to send the game to overtime. Henderson scored a team-high 16 points in the Rebels’ win over Arkansas on Saturday. He tallied a career-high five steals Ole Miss’ defensive effort which forced the Razorbacks into a season-high19 turnovers.
Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman forward from Everett, Mass., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 11 points, nine rebounds and 6.5 blocks in wins over Tennessee and at Auburn. He registered 12 points, nine rebounds, six blocks and four steals in a win over Tennessee and followed that up with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks at Auburn. Noel has notched six or more rebounds in every game this season. Noel is the only player standing 6-5 or taller that ranks in the top-30 in blocks, steals and rebounds in the nation. He moved into fifth all-time in UK freshman record books with 69 blocks on the season and is one shy of cracking the single-season top-10 in school history.