Wednesday, Jeff Goodman interviewed Rodman Noel, Nerlens’ older brother who plays linebacker at NC State. The other Noel said that in addition to tearing his ACL, his younger brother also “tore a little bit of his meniscus,” and that he’d be surprised if he returned to Kentucky next year:
“I’d be surprised if he comes back. Right now people still say he’ll be a top-five pick. It would only be smart to take it while you can.”
That being said, he understands Nerlens’ possible desire to return, citing his brother’s wish to play in the NCAA Tournament:
“What devastated him more than anything else was not being able to finish out the season. Especially being his first year of college. He really wanted to play in the NCAA tournament.”
Speaking of the Tournament, Goodman says not to count the Cats out just yet. In fact, he says they might get even better without Noel.
…done laughing/crying yet? Okay, let’s go on.
Goodman says that Nerlens’ absence will light a fire under Alex Poythress and Ryan Harrow, spurring the Cats to a tournament berth. Sigh…I hope he’s right.