Earlier in the season, Nerlens Noel was in the discussion for the coveted top pick in the NBA draft but he wasn’t the clear cut No. 1 selection. Now, at least two NBA scouts believe it’s Nerlens Noel and then everyone else.
“Nerlens has been separating himself from the pack,” one scout told SNY.tv. “He has taken his shot-blocking to another level. He’s the best interior defender in the game.”
“He is improving,” the scout said. “He never takes a bad shot. He shoots a high field-goal percentage. He had a 19-point game the other day. It is all ahead of him because he is so young. He reclassified to come out of high school a year early. Brilliant upside!”
A second NBA scout told the website that gets better every week offensively and he dominates the game defensively. ”Nerlens [is] No. 1,” the scout said.
If he does go first overall, Nerlens Noel will be Calipari’s third No. 1 overall pick in four seasons at Kentucky. Only Duke has had three No. 1 picks and it took 48 years to do it, from 1963 to 2011.