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ESPN goes All-Access with Nerlens Noel

Last season’s women’s clinic gave us this picture. What will this year’s bring?

Growing up while his mom worked double-shifts; crying during pickup games; throwing down a lob from his older brother; and, now, the ambassador of UK basketball. It’s all there in Jason King’s All-Access piece on Nerlens Noel over at

King tells the story of Nerlens Noel better than anything we’ve seen before, from the young kid in Boston to the soon-to-be millionaire playing basketball for John Calipari.

It’s a great look into the life of your current favorite Wildcat, where he’s been, and what the basketball world expects from him in the future.

Definitely worth a read as you count down the minutes to the Blue/White game.

[All-access at Kentucky: Nerlens Noel]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for ESPN goes All-Access with Nerlens Noel

  1. matty arbuckle
    3:28 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    My favorite part is the last paragraph: “When stuff hits, when stuff gets intense, he has something inside of him you can’t teach,” Calipari says. “It’s in there. I don’t know where he finds it, but when he does, it’s really something to watch.”

    Hope we get to see plenty of this in the coming season.

  2. ....
    3:33 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    What are the measuring??????

  3. ukis#1
    3:43 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Great article that provides a lot of insight into Nerlens and his family. Thanks for posting.

  4. gman
    3:48 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Jason King might be the best current sportswriter covering college hoops.

  5. cardsfan
    4:09 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    What do ya mean, ‘soon to be’ milliionair? He’s playing for Cal, aint he?

  6. cardsfan
    4:24 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    I dropped my crack rock. Can someone help me find it?

  7. rob
    5:35 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t realize Noel was Haitian–talk about a recruiting tool! “Hey mom and dad, I raised a million dollars to rebuild your siblings’ and cousins’ houses.”