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Everyone else in the country thinks Nerlens should have stayed in school

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ESPN’s SportsNation ran a poll asking whether or not people thought Nerlens Noel should have declared for the draft or stayed in school, and to an outsider, Kentucky’s results would be surprising. Kentucky was the only state in which voters said they thought Nerlens should have declared for the draft, by an overwhelming 70% to 30% margin.

Of course, the results aren’t surprising to Kentucky fans; Nerlens is projected to be the number one pick in the draft, and despite our selfish desires for him to come back for another season, we realize that’s an opportunity you can’t pass on. Losing a player like Nerlens is a bittersweet pain we’ve come to know all too well in the past four years, but his love for the school and pledge to always be a Wildcat softens the blow.

Go get ’em, big guy.

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32 Comments for Everyone else in the country thinks Nerlens should have stayed in school



  1. quickneasycat
    4:06 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand the logic as to why he should have stayed? Most likely he is the #1 pick in the draft and he would not be next year with Wiggins in the class. Also we seen with his type of injury, what happens if he reinjures it? He cost himself potentially a boat load of money.



  2. Big Blue 66
    4:06 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    So when you can be the number 1 pick in the draft, you dont come back to school. Also everyone thinks or acts like once you go to the NBA that all your progress and development stops. Its ridiculous, with the restrictions on college athletes time with coaches etc, they can not only get more training and development, they have the money to hire the best too. People are stupid



  3. Roland
    4:12 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    the ‘fear our future’ is all NOW.



  4. john wall
    4:16 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Past 4 years?



  5. Rise
    4:16 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    So 58% of the world has never had a business class.



  6. Musehobo
    4:18 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    After some frustration with our fanbase lately (mainly our treatment of Archie), this news makes me proud. Although I’d bet every single UK fan would be thrilled if he came back, we all know that he made a very smart decision. The rest of the U.S. is most likely trying to say something about our program. And they can all stfu.



  7. TheDecker
    4:22 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    5. Not only haven’t taken a business class but apparently don’t like money



  8. hagginhall
    4:27 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    I hate seeing Kentucky in red



  9. UK FAN
    4:28 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    And i hope Archie is learing a new language cause he isnt playing in the NBA in the next 5 years if at all you all can book that…



  10. Coach Cal
    4:29 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Anthony Davis took the fifth most shots



  11. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage
    4:32 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    wow, kentukcy effect



  12. Bleed Blue
    4:34 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    It’s funny the rest of the nation thought he should stay in school, and be with this power house of a team we are bringing in even though he probably wouldn’t have been ready to play till about Jan.



  13. Downcline
    4:38 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Willie Cauley-Stein was a wide receiver in high school.



  14. Don't get it
    4:39 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Should a political science student remain in school if offered a job as a Senator?

    Should a journalism student remain in school if offered a contract to write a book or write for a large publication?

    Should the sports management student stay in school if he’s offered a head coaching job?

    Why are basketball players reviled for achieving their dreams? Further, why does the institution that assisted them in achieving those dreams be vilified?

    I don’t understand the logic of these folks and its clear that basketball players are viewed under a double standard whereas others are commended for achieving their career goals in others fields.



  15. Musehobo
    4:41 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    @14 Nail. Meet Head.



  16. DesignatedDrinker
    4:41 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing but the best to the big guy. His effort and enthusiasm was refreshing on a team that lacked both of those. He will succeed at whatever he wants to.



  17. Kristen Geil's Abs
    4:46 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    This is crazy. If you are going to go first in the NBA draft, there are very very few reasons not to do that. For example, you are odds on favorite to be the next president of the USA. You have been offered a guaranteed salary and sign on bonus of millions of dollars at a fortune 500 company. No other reasons regarding basketball or education hold any water for coming back to college.



  18. Rick Pitino
    4:46 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    These are the Best group Of Comments I’ve Ever Read.



  19. DaSpud
    4:47 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Staying in school has not worked out well recently for those who have attempted it. http://bit.ly/Ql0I5a



  20. Random
    4:48 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    #9 I have a feeling that Archie will be a better NBA player than college player.



  21. Chadams777
    4:52 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    So a guy is supposed to pass on a #1 pick to come back and take a chance on not only getting hurt again but drop in the draft to wiggins.
    Give yourselfs a break America we are going to crush all competition next year and you want Noel to add to it?
    WE ARE UK!



  22. Archie Goodwin
    4:53 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Make ’em eat their feet Nerlens.



  23. mudcreekmark
    5:04 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    14) You made good points but beside each one of them you should have said “guaranteed $4Million a year as a starting salary”
    20) I sure hope so.



  24. Big Bear
    5:04 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    The vote doesn’t surprise me even though misguided. The national sentiment is to rail against the one and done. Furthermore, they must know little on draft position economics. The number that should encourage us are the KY numbers. They know the economics and want the best for Nerlens.



  25. dave
    5:15 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    the best thing for a kid with chronic knee problems, top 3 lotto pick, a chance at decreased playing time, and a deeper draft next year is to, no questions asked, leave for nba.
    BUT, the same fans who say it’s just the ncaa who doesnt care about the kids think this kid needs a year of 200 level comm/eng/anthro classes to “better” himself and further his education.



  26. BlueFins
    5:23 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Remember there are some coaches, er…schools, that would convince players to stay. Like schools with ghetto slogans about the school coming first and staying with them forever. When you’re hot, you go! How hard is that to comprehend? Those 58% are just as stupid as the 50% in their own city.



  27. Doo Doo Brown
    5:28 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    ESPN just got their colors backwards. Kentucky was the only state that said he should stay. Jeezy creezy people.



  28. L1C4
    5:58 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    hell, even i understand why he went. That’s like if someone offered me 100K for my house trailer today but i had to sell today. That would buy enough Crown Royal for life.



  29. Buckets
    6:19 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    So the rest of the country thinks that even though he’s projected to go NUMBER 1 OVERALL, he should have gone back to school. Last time I checked, you can’t improve your stock over NUMBER 1 OVERALL. This country is full of buffoons, idiots and hypocrites …



  30. Knott County DnA
    6:20 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    He needs to get him some pinto beans, fresh corn bread, fresh corn and green beans, slaw, and a side of fresh green onions. Man, I miss that stuff.



  31. Mike
    6:27 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody else think this could only help us in recruiting?



  32. kdh2011
    7:33 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    I had no idea 58% of sportsnation voters were already millionaires