The bad news on Nerlens Noel

From UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – – University of Kentucky men’s basketball freshman Nerlens Noel will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL injury suffered during Tuesday night’s game at Florida.

According to the UK medical staff, surgery should be expected in the next two to three weeks. The normal timetable for recovery is estimated at six to eight months.

The 6-10 freshman was leading the nation in blocks (106) and blocks per game (4.4) and ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding (9.5). He was also averaging 10.5 points per game for the Wildcats.

Updated with John Calipari comment:

I’ve been coaching for 22 years and this is the first injury we’ve had of this kind during the season, which makes it even more devastating. I met with Nerlens earlier today. The meeting was really positive, and I loved his attitude. The way he is already dealing with this injury lets me know that he is going to come back stronger than ever. The good news is he is insured, so he would have been fine even if the injury would have been worse. Obviously this is not a career-ending injury and it’s one that athletes bounce back from all the time.

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  1. Jon says:

    Any comment/opinion on his draft status from this?

  2. Gary says:

    Disappointing for him. Will he be able to return quickly like AD for the Vikings or will it be a slow recovery like Rose for the Bulls? It is impossible to predict. The question also becomes should he turn pro or return. ESPN already has dropped him to 3rd but the important question is will teams be willing to use a 1st round pick on him not knowing when and if he will recover? I doubt Portland would.
    Would he improve his draft stock staying at UK, not rushing his recovery and playing the latter part of the college season?

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