Nembhard named SEC Co-Freshman of Week

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

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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.

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