Nembhard named SEC Co-Freshman of Week

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Florida freshman guard Andrew Nembhard is considered the best passer in the 2018 recruiting class. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer]

Special to The Sun

Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard was named the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday.

This is the second accolade for Nembhard, a 6-foot-5, 191-pound freshman from Aurora, Ontario. He shares the honor with Vanderbilt guard Aaron Nesmith, a 6-foot-6, 213-pound freshman from Charleston, S.C.

Nembhard led the Gators against Alabama with a career-high 21 points by going 9-for-9 from the field (2-for-2 from 3-point range) and 1-for-1 from the free throw line.

It marked the fourth time since 1996-97 that a Gator was perfect from the field with 9+ makes. All 3 previous occurrences came at home in non-conference play:

12, David Lee, 12/22/03 vs. Northeastern
10, Erik Murphy, 11/14/12 vs. Wisconsin
10, Joakim Noah, 1/18/06 vs. Savannah State.

Nembhard’s perfect game from the field was the first all season by an SEC player with 9+ field goals. It was the first perfect game from the field (9+ makes) in conference play by an SEC player since Tennessee’s Isiah Victor did so in a loss 1/23/99 at Florida.

Nembhard is the first Gator since Michael Frazier II to win Freshman of the Week twice in a season in 2012-13.

The Gators are back in action Wednesday in Baton Rouge where they face for a 7 p.m. game that will air on ESPNU.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Nesmith shot 34 shots over 2 games this week. He was 6-21 against Auburn en route to his 24 points. If that’s a player of the week caliber game then put a jersey on me and let me shoot it 20+ times. I’ll make 28% of my shots too and maybe I could be player of the week.

  2. Congrats to freshman, Nembhard, and all of his teammates for winning another ”must win.” And while I’m sure individual accolades are great (and deserving), this team has one helluva’ Mount Everest to climb in order to get in the NCAA Tourney.

    Best case scenario for 2018-’19 Florida Basketball: a win against L.S.U. at their place, come home and beat Mizzou, then another ‘must win’ at Vandy. Then come home to play the hated Dawgs on March 2nd, then beat L.S.U. (again) in Hogtown on March 6th. And the cherry on top is a win against U.K. at their place.
    In my opinion, for these Gators to even get a sniff from the NCAA Tourney Committee, the committee might accept a loss to L.S.U. (away), and a win at home against L.S.U. But then U.F. must win all the games that Florida should win: Missouri, Vandy, and U.G.A., with a loss to U.K. at their place (so long as the Gators keep it close).
    However, at this moment in time Florida Basketball only has 2 w’s out of 9 games for ‘Q 1′ games. Just 2 Q1 wins outta’ 9 chances. So there it is Gators! On Feb. 18th, 2019, it’s up to the coaches, the players, and the staff to get through this ‘must win’ scenario for Florida Basketball (in order to get a run going for March Madness).
    Go Gators!

  3. Congrats to Nembhard, and kudos to KJ, as well. He had 29 points and 22 rebounds in the two games, going 8-8 from the FT line and 3-5 from 3-point range. He’s up to 72% from the line and 37% from 3. I think his performance will be key for the Gators’ success for the remainder of the season. If he can continue to hit 3’s, then drive it to the hole and finish when the defense tries to close out on him, the Gators will be much better on offense and have a shot at the tournament.