Nerlens Noel Leaving UK Early To Enter NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has announced he will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in this year's NBA Draft.

A release from UK Athletics says after talking it over with family, and Coach John Calipari, Noel decided to put his name in for the draft.  Noel is projected by most experts to be a top five first round pick.

In his only season at UK, Noel averaged 10.5 points per game, and 9.5 rebounds per game.  He led the nation in blocked shots and was on pace to set the UK season record for blocks before blowing out his knee at Florida in February.

The NBA Draft lottery is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, and the 2013 NBA Draft will take place Thursday, June 27.