Nerlens Noel will be entering the NBA draft.
The All-American freshman from the University of Kentucky announced today that he would be leaving college basketball to play in the NBA.
Noel said: “I have loved my time at Kentucky, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA… 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. 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!”
Coach Calipari added: “I support Nerlens’ decision to enter his name in the draft and am excited for him and his future. The hard work and will to win he showed on the floor this year and the dedication and attitude he has shown in his rehab will only be a reward for him and whatever team drafts him in June.”
The 6 foot 10 center led the NCAA last year in blocks. Noel averaged 4.4 blocks per game, ending his season with 106 blocks in 24 games. Noel would have added a few more rejections to that tally if it wasn’t for a knee injury that forced him to sit out the last month of the season.
Noel was also averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Nerlens Noel could go as the No.1 pick in this year’s draft depending on how team’s evaluate his knee injury. What do you think of Nerlens Noel’s decision to enter the NBA draft?