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Could Nerlens Noel Still Be The Number 1 Pick?

When Nerlens Noel went down in Florida the collective hearts of the Big Blue Nation shattered. Yes, the basketball season was basically done at that point but the real tragedy was the impact on Noel’s future. Nerlens was well on his way to being the number one pick and as he laid crumpled on the floor you could just see millions of dollars seemingly going up in smoke beside him. But is that really the case?

The NCAA tournament often brings guys out from irrelevancy and into the NBA draft spotlight. However it can also demonstrate that some guys just aren’t able to compete when they go up against the best of the best. Top guys like Shabazz Muhammed, Anthony Bennett, and Otto Porter Jr are now doing the same thing as Nerlens which is watching the tournament unfold from the couch. With Nerlens unable to play or workout at the combine he will be drafted simply on potential and the achievements he had accomplished prior to going down.

Over on draftexpress.com Nerlens is still listed as the top pick and the top prospect despite the torn ACL. After averaging 10 points, 9 boards and 4 blocks there’s a good reason why. So for the third time in four years could Kentucky once again deliver the top pick in the NBA draft? It’s still to early to say without knowing the draft order and how other Centers like Cody Zeller finish the year. I for one hope to hear Noel’s name called first when the draft goes down this summer. A player like Nerlens has earned that honor.

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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21 Comments for Could Nerlens Noel Still Be The Number 1 Pick?



  1. Deepblue
    1:07 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Da Fuq? Poythress at 16, Archie at 18, but Willie at 21? This guy has literally no idea what he’s talking about.



  2. UKNation
    1:15 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’d like to hear his name announced at Rupp as the starting center. Just sayin’



  3. Jatt Mones
    1:15 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Have you ever heard of proofreading?



  4. UK_Gr8ness
    1:22 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Oh no… grammar police on patrol!!! If you know what is meant when reading a post… then STFU!!!



  5. David
    1:31 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Agreed. Hope is goes #1.
    Cats.



  6. Bupp2525
    1:41 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    No reason to come back. All he can do by coming back is replicate the same defensive beast everyone already knows he his. Move on my friend and get paid. You earned it.



  7. First time caller
    1:45 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Can someone explain the not Jerry tip ton writer I’m new to the site and I don’t get it. It it supposed to be funny or serious



  8. PA
    1:46 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with #2!

    The only place I want to hear his name is called is directly after hearing “YOURRRRRRRR KENTUCKY WILLLLDCATS!”



  9. UK#9
    1:51 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    #7 – NotJerryTipton is a parody to lexington herald leader sports writer jerry tipton. It is supposed to be sarcastic and funny, and it was both for awhile. Its not as funny as it was a year ago. Its the same 5 jokes/punchlines over and over – the only thing that changes is the date.



  10. UKBlue
    2:00 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    This is the reason besides being the best why Dr. Andrews did the surgery. Taking a freshman is a gamble, taking one with very little muscle who just had ACL surgery; play the odds.

    Cody Zeller will be irrelevant in the NBA.

    Any UL player who has even a sniff of possible NBA talent should jump this year because this year draft is horrible making it their best chance of ever making it to the NBA.



  11. GCats
    2:03 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    the notjerrytipson was the worst thing to ever happen to this site then they went and had a bachelor running diary. the site has suffered over the last few years its a shame because it was so good and now is so bad. nerlens has nothing to lose coming back to uk if he really wanted to win #9 like he talked about so much pre injury he needs to come back the table is set for #9 with the recruiting class then the boyz coming back all Nerlens has to do is sit down



  12. Dusten
    2:10 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Honestly, and I mean it, if I were Nerlens I’d come back. He will get drafted and make millions next year barring a second injury. But that’s why he’s insured. I’d talk to Anthony Davis and get his opinion. I think he would enjoy this next year at Kentucky more than the NBA. Getting a ship.



  13. money talks
    2:15 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    12 and if he does get injured again he will never be drafted and there goes his dream.



  14. Mack
    2:33 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    I find it interesting that on the list of the Top 25 college players for the draft 2 of the only 3 players that are 18 yrs old are Noel and Goodwin; realize just how young the CATS were this season.



  15. old school
    2:55 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    four first round picks and Cal could not get this team in the NCAAT. What a wonderul coaching job by the master.



  16. gcats
    3:10 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    #13 your a complete idiot if u think he were to get hurt again and not get drafted. Greg Oden has had countless surgerys and teams are going to fight for him this off season. you cant teach size and no matter what nerlens isnt shrinking



  17. old tool
    3:38 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    #12 is he insured? That NCAA injury policy carries a $40,000 premium and covers ONLY career ending injury. Pays nothing if, for example, he blows out the same knee and has to play in Puerto Rico because he can no longer move well and doesn’t get drafted. So you think Anthony Davis, having a 7 figure salary, shoe deal, endorsement contracts galore, a Bentley, new house, bling, bling ,bling would with a straight face say to Noel “yeah, you should go back to school, this NBA thing isn’t working for me”. Lol, be for real.



  18. Roland
    3:51 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    The Draft deal will shake up dramatically after the tournament and after seeing who puts their name in and stays in the draft.



  19. Jackson Purchase
    3:59 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    He needs another year to put on some weight and muscle before going to the NBA.



  20. Roland
    4:03 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    it is all about money: 2012-2013 rookie salary:
    Pick 1st Year Salary 2nd Year Salary 3rd Year Option Salary 4th Year Option:
    Percentage Increased Over 3rd Year Salary Qualifying Offer:
    Percentage Increase Over 4th Year Salary
    1 $4,286,900 $4,479,800 $4,672,700 26.1% 30.0%
    2 $3,835,600 $4,008,200 $4,180,800 26.2% 30.5%
    3 $3,444,400 $3,599,400 $3,754,400 26.4% 31.2%
    4 $3,105,500 $3,245,200 $3,385,000 26.5% 31.9%
    5 $2,812,200 $2,938,700 $3,065,300 26.7% 32.6%
    6 $2,554,200 $2,669,100 $2,784,100 26.8% 33.4%
    7 $2,331,700 $2,436,600 $2,541,600 27.0% 34.1%
    8 $2,136,100 $2,232,200 $2,328,300 27.2% 34.8%
    9 $1,963,600 $2,052,000 $2,140,300 27.4% 35.5%
    10 $1,865,300 $1,949,200 $2,033,200 27.5% 36.2%

    VS: 2013-2014 NBA Rookie Scale

    1 $4,436,900 $4,636,600 $4,836,300 26.1% 30.0%
    2 $3,969,800 $4,148,500 $4,327,100 26.2% 30.5%
    3 $3,565,000 $3,725,400 $3,885,800 26.4% 31.2%
    4 $3,214,200 $3,358,800 $3,503,500 26.5% 31.9%
    5 $2,910,600 $3,041,600 $3,172,600 26.7% 32.6%
    6 $2,643,600 $2,762,600 $2,881,500 26.8% 33.4%
    7 $2,413,300 $2,521,900 $2,630,500 27.0% 34.1%
    8 $2,210,900 $2,310,400 $2,409,800 27.2% 34.8%
    9 $2,032,300 $2,123,800 $2,215,200 27.4% 35.5%
    10 $1,930,600 $2,017,500 $2,104,300 27.5% 36.2%



  21. Right u r
    5:23 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    #20 right, so in a weak draft, Nerlens probably top 3. He comes back to UK, doesn’t hit his groove until halfway thru the year and enters a much stronger 2014 draft, he may drop to the 6-10 range, costing him a few million $. There is maybe 1 reason to come back, and millions of reasons to go pro. Say bye bye to Nerlens people.