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Cal says he will wait to offer Nerlens advice on the draft

Calipari called in to Andy Katz’s ESPNU show “Katz Korner” this afternoon to talk about the Cats, their postseason chances, and Nerlens Noel’s draft status. In the video above, Cal said that the Cats have to “take care of business and play” to make the Tournament, and for the first time, admits that he didn’t do the best job preparing them for their first game A.N.: “Obviously we didn’t handle it well and I didn’t prepare them well. So now we’ll see where we go forward.”

Cal said that he will wait to offer Nerlens advice on the draft, since Nerlens will be two months into his rehab by the time he has to make the decision. Cal emphasized that the injury is a basic ACL tear and Noel’s high school knee injury had no bearing on it whatsoever (perhaps in reference to The Courier-Journal article from yesterday). If the rehab goes well and Noel is ready for the NBA, “he’ll have his opportunity if he chooses to do it.” If not, he’ll come back.

Thankfully, Noel had disability insurance, as do “4 or 5 players on the team,” according to Cal. Next year, he said that 8 players might have disability insurance, which shows you just how much talent is coming in.

What does Chad Ford think? He says that if Nerlens wants to go to the NBA and everything goes well with his rehab, he’ll still be a Top 5 pick and should go ahead and go this year:

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15 Comments for Cal says he will wait to offer Nerlens advice on the draft

  1. Get Real
    6:10 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    4 or 5 guys have insurance? Harrow’s family should have saved their money….no sense in insuring a d-league contract.

  2. Roland
    6:10 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA should insure EVERY CBB Player against injury that might threaten the players physical capabilities after they no longer make the NCAA money.

  3. Roland
    6:14 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    get real about d league contracts.
    AD could have gone there and still get the same NBA pay

  4. Julia
    6:19 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    2. Not every player is worth the same. Nerlens Noel is worth infinitely more than Marshall Henderson, for example.

  5. Roland
    6:20 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    In the clip, Cal TOOK the blame for the last lost to the pumpkin orange.

  6. Bob Sugar
    6:21 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Even entertaining the possibility of Nerlens returning to college is one of the dumbest exercises in history. The dude is gone; wish him well and accept it.

  7. Roland
    6:22 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    5. How much are your Knees that you have to use for the rest of your life worth?

  8. poppycat
    6:31 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Eight with insurance next year……..
    five 5*’s coming in already, could mean
    three more.. either returning or new committs.
    I take WCS, Kyle, and Wiggins.

  9. Gap Tooth Danny
    7:03 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    SportsCenter: top 10 Indiana moments,top 5 Michigan State moments, UK made the list 3 times.

  10. Wildcatsteeler
    7:22 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Boy, if he comes back next season you can pencil in another Championship.

  11. Stitch Jones
    7:25 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    If the queen had balls she would be king……….

  12. Julia
    8:18 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    7. I will assume you are talking to me. Mine are worth considerably less than Nerlens’ knees. My future in academia depends on my brain. Nerlens’ knee is worth millions. I doubt a less prestigious player has such a bright NBA future that is worth the money for insurance. Maybe insurance as far as educational costs go is fair, so if something happens he can still get his degree. However, to have insurance of the kind Nerlens has, which is worth millions, is foolish if you are going to be an accountant. Not every kid playing in college will go to the next level, and even guys in Europe make a lot less than a first round pick.

    I think the NCAA should insure the top recruits, the number of which the organization can determine. Then the players have to stay at a certain ranking in comparison to their year group, much in the way academic scholarships require you to keep a certain GPA. If you jump in rankings, you earn insurance. If you are a total bust, you lose it until you get better, again compared to other people with the same amount of years played. Either that or insure on an individual basis. If the NCAA had to insure every single player on an equal level, the worth of the policy would be far less than what Nerlens would have received.

  13. b.hart
    8:23 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink


  14. Duke Sucks
    10:17 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Why do we go threw this every year? All of the players projected to be top 20 picks are gone. Goodwin and Poythress for what ever reason are projected between 16-20. Thats about as high as either will be if they where to comeback, so their both gone! No way Nerlens even entertains not going being a top 5 pick. The only one with a choice is WCS, he could be a late first early second rounder with the possibility of a major jump if he returns.
    Uk pays for these players education if they decide to come back to school. Several players have took advantage of this and coached while they finished their education. It’s a win win for everyone. UK makes millions off these kid while they play, the players can get PAYED then finish their education while using UK to kick start their coaching careers.

  15. Rixter
    10:31 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I hope Archie and Ryan have ‘no-ability’ insurance.