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Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 2:29 pm  |  15 responses

Kentucky Center Nerlens Noel to Enter NBA Draft


Still recovering from a torn ACL, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel announced Monday he will forgo his sophomore season and instead enter the NBA Draft. Noel is widely considered the No. 1 prospect in this year’s class, and he joins teammate Archie Goodwin as the latest Kentucky players to go one-and-done. Via ESPN.com: “Noel said in a statement released by the university that he’s loved his time with the Wildcats but feels he’s ‘ready to take the next step to the NBA.’ Considered the nation’s top recruit last year, Noel was often compared to Kentucky All-American Anthony Davis, now in the NBA after leading the Wildcats to a national championship as a freshman. ‘I’ve learned so much here at UK and am thankful for Coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support,’ Noel said. ‘I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I’ve received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I’ll always be a Wildcat!’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    offensively he is far from ready to contribute in the L. financially he is making the right the move though. it’s not like he can improve his stock by returning. and if the Bobcats or magic take him i really think they might make him sit out all of next season and tank in order to get a shot at wiggins/parker/Gordon/randle

  • Paul

    Yeah that would probably be their best idea. I don’t see him really contributing next season, even if he was 100% healthy and never injured. I mean, how many people are there like him in the NBA? 80? I’m saying each team has a defensive shot blocker or 2, and at least 1 on their NBDL roster. Donnell Harvey would have eaten his ass up, and how long did he last? Might as well just rehab, develop something resembling an offensive game and come back the next year. If he goes to the Bobcats (MJ will be fired) or Magic and came back mid-season it’s not like they would make the playoffs anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    he will be a major bust the next Greg Oden right here a guy suffered a serious knee injury the kid has no offense a bad free throw shooter and will not be the monster shot blocker he was in college in the league i hope Charlotte gets Ben Mclemore who is the best player in the draft the only player with all star potential and some other team will bust on noel

  • http://www.facebook.com/trevor.oneal.31 Trevor Oneal

    MJ is the owner…old dumbass!

  • skurrrrt

    and play what position?????

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    In other words, “I ain’t taking no more chances. I’m tryin to get paid!”

  • dookie

    The Center position is now well and truly dead, if it wasn’t already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.callihan1 Chris Callihan

    I dunno about 80, but I get what you’re saying. Old dude gets off the floor QUICK, and has great lateral movement too. On another subject, how many players in this year’s draft you think will be more than role players in 5 years?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.callihan1 Chris Callihan

    I dunno about 80, but I get what you’re saying. Old dude gets off the floor QUICK, and has great lateral movement too. On another subject, how many players in this year’s draft you think will be more than role players in 5 years?

  • Liam

    “Noel was often compared to Kentucky All-American Anthony Davis” More like the next Stromile Swift.

  • Smokeweed

    Mcelemore will be good but all star? He aint got the fire for that

  • Karl

    Good move Nerlens. You’ve had a tremendous high school career and solid Freshman year at Kentucky. It was an extremely unlucky freak accident, but you have length and that’s extremely important in the next level. Let that ACL heal over the NBA offseason and talk to some teams about a possible deal. Someone will give you a chance based on your potential. Chase that money bro.

  • LP

    if he cuts his box, he has a chance in the league…

  • Max

    Who is gonna fire MJ? lol

  • Max

    This was his first season he was considered a major baller, give him some time.

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