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.