Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel in Freshman of the Year Race

Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel are ranked in the top 5 of the CBS Freshman of the Year race.

Goodwin opens up at #2, right behind Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.

2. Archie Goodwin – Kentucky
Position: Shooting Guard

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 198

Season Stats: 19.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.4 APG

Comment: Goodwin came into college known as an explosive wing scorer who could get to the basket on anyone and finish in a variety of ways. While that’s still true, we’ve seen Goodwin show excellent ability to handle the ball and play point guard. With Ryan Harrow away from the team, Goodwin really stepped up. He fell one rebound and one assist short of a triple-double against LIU Brooklyn and scored 28 points against Morehead State. From unranked to No. 2.

Nerlens Noel is ranked #4.

4. Nerlens Noel – Kentucky
Position: Center

Ht: 6-10 Wt: 228

Season Stats: 12.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 2.6 BPG, 3.6 SPG

Comment: Noel came into the season with expectations as a supreme shot-blocker — and that’s been perhaps the least impressive of his season so far. He has been contributing across the board, including racking up steals at a high clip. Noel has been very solid on the glass and is scoring well in transition and around the rim. He needs to be more disciplined defensively; he’s allowing too many offensive boards.


    I haven’t seen Smart play, but if he’s #1, he must be a serious baller.