Nerlens Noel

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel's injured knee is progressing well and he's looking forward to playing again "as soon as possible."


The 6-foot-10 Noel is recovering from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, though that didn't prevent the Philadelphia 76ers from acquiring the sixth overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in last month's NBA draft.

Noel, Goodwin UK's Latest NBA First Rounders

Jun 28, 2013

BROOKLYN, NY -- Two former Kentucky Wildcats are waking up this morning as NBA first round draft picks.  Forward Nerlens Noel had to wait a little longer than expected, but New Orleans made him the sixth overall pick, then later dealt him to Philadelphia.

"It's been whirwind but I'm definitely staying positive," Noel told NBA Network reporter Craig Sager.  "I'm very blessed and fortunate to be in this position...I'm definitely looking for ward to getting to Philadelphia and just playing ball," Noel said.

Injured Kentucky Forward Looks Ahead To NBA Draft

Apr 23, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Nerlens Noel continues to take small steps toward returning to the court following surgery on his left knee.

He's shed his crutches and exercising without a knee brace. Though he wouldn't specify want types of exercises, it's all all signs his recovery is ahead of schedule - and each stride is important with the NBA draft looming.

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.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI on Wednesday revealed the injury.

The 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the two or three weeks. The projected recovery period is six to eight months.