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Nerlens’ brother says he’d be surprised if Nerlens came back

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.

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22 Comments for Nerlens’ brother says he’d be surprised if Nerlens came back



  1. Bic liter
    11:22 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    if coming to the defending National Champ with the very real potential to play yourself into a lottery draft pick after 1 year of college ball hasn’t lit a fire under Poythress thus far, and to a lesser degree Harrow, then it’s doubtful the absence of Noel will.



  2. eddie
    11:23 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    if i was him? i’d stay he has such a great chance to win a national championship next year.



  3. tom
    11:26 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    2. Problem is eddie for most of these guys, making the NBA and millions of dollars is much more important than a national championship. If they get a NC along the way, all the better. But they come to UK as a step to the pros. Don’t like it, but it is what it is.



  4. PatGLex
    11:28 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with #1. If the money is there, you have to go for it. Maybe Poythress’s drop in the draft may light a fire under him, but if he wasn’t playing for the team before, Noel being out won’t create that change. I’m seeing his situation as similar to Terrence Jones — he wasn’t playing to his potential either as a freshman, it took another season for him to blossom enough for a high draft pick.



  5. njCat
    11:29 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    What in the world has Jeff Goodman seen to date that would lead him to believe that Poythress and Harrow are going to step up. Time after time after time, despite Cal’s strenuous coaching – they have failed and failed miserably. Same w/ Goodwin. I’m sure its not that they haven’t been trying. If they could change, they would have by now. Its not a matter of will, its a matter of ability – and we have seen pretty consistent evidence that they don’t have what it takes to compete w/ even just above average teams.



  6. duh
    11:31 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    2. Tom I’m pretty sure that making to the nba and making millions is more important that winning a nc. Yes winning won is important but not more than there future careers of making millions. Its that way at every school not just uk



  7. duh
    11:32 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    not 2 sry that was to 3



  8. Terrence Jones PRO
    11:32 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    BUT, remember this, I say…
    Terrence Jones is now playing in the D league.



  9. njCat
    11:33 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, and Wiltjer seems to have turned completely gutless on us. He’s the team’s best shooter and he refuses to take open threes. Its obvious he’s terrified of missing, which is why he misses. He is exhibit 1A of what Cal is talking about when he talks about players more worried about themselves than the team. His role is to shoot. He needs to shoot.

    So frustrating to watch the same thing happen over and over.



  10. Biglaw Dawgin'
    11:35 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    His bro makes some good points. He’d be crazy not to take a guaranteed $3M a year for a top-5 pick. We all assume he’s going to be back to the same Noel, but there’s no guarantee of that. This way, he at least ensures he’ll get some money. There’s a laundry list of NBA players that are never the same after knee injuries.



  11. the real problem
    11:35 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Its not necessarily poythress and harrow who need to step up. I think its more of goodwin stepping down from his role of being the guy who drives in with no idea of what the heck he is doing. And goes into the role of bench warmer. He kills our offense flow every game sing highhandedly.



  12. i agree
    11:37 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    9 yep your rite. He needs to take 5-6 threes everygame. He needs to turn into a catch and fire type of guy and shoot it every time he sees an opening or the defense playing with their hands down.



  13. VinDatuk
    11:43 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah and monkeys just flew right out of my arse.



  14. I Say
    11:44 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    #8 For players like Terrrence Jones the D-League isnt a bad thing, the team simply sends him there to get some playing time and to stay in game shape, thats why he is always recalled back to the team in a week or so.



  15. Waitasec
    11:45 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    #8 Jones has been called back up to the Rockets
    #5 i somewhat agree, but you can’t simply say Alex, Archie, or harrow don’t have the ability. Truth is we have been spoiled with some exceptional Freshmen the last couple years. At UK under Cal, it is almost a necessity for a kid to come in and produce at a high level immediately. And that is not always a fair expectation. BBN simply has no patience to allow development. Go back 20 years or so, and we would be happy if a kid took time to ease his way into the program and hit his stride in his sophomore year. You are being a bit harsh …not everybody is an Anthony Davis or MKG that has it from day 1. Seems like our own Darius Miller didn’t blossom til his junior year (yeah I know…Gillispie)



  16. PA Cat
    11:59 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, you know what Goodwin said about his expereince in delivering in big games. He needs to spend less time talking and more time delivering results. Zero credibility!



  17. Bledsoe's Biceps
    12:06 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    For us fans, a national championship is the top prize. For the players like Noel, it is something they would very much like, but it is not the ultimate goal. Getting to the NBA and making millions is and should be their goal. A NCAA championship gives you bragging rights and some good stories to tell your friends and family in later years. That and $1 will buy you a cup of coffee. But cashing VERY LARGE NBA and endorsement paychecks is what is really life altering.



  18. JustSayin
    12:44 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Wasn’t this already covered in the news and notes section? Please find original/new postings. Although this does fit with your apparent lobbying for NN to go pro and not come back.



  19. Listen Rupp
    1:18 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Go to the NBA as a Top 5 pick (if that is where he is still projected) and make millions or come back to college and risk having a career ending injury and no millions??? Pretty simple if you ask me…The draft is in June but the NBA season does not begin until November. Nerlens will be ready….



  20. Justsayin
    2:01 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Or come back, improve my game, play in the NCAA tourney and probable Final Four, get stronger, get more emotionally mature, get more classes toward a degree, hang around kids my own age, and then still make MILLIONS. Sounds a little more complicated to me. As has been said he already has insurance for any career ending injury.



  21. kybigblue
    2:04 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    The other players won’t be able to relax on defense by thinking well if he beats me off the dribble Noel will clean it up for me. Maybe they will play harder on defense which has been a noticable weakness this year.



  22. Say it ain't so
    3:21 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    #20 the insurance against career-ending injury you refer to thru the NCAA costs up to $40,000. But regardless it maxes out at $5 million coverage. Is that a lot of $$? Sure, but not compared to the likely hundreds of millions he would likely make playing in the NBA. Besides, what if he comes back to UK, hurts his knee again but it is NOT career ending, but drops his draft stock to the low 2nd round or causes him not to get drafted? Dumb move. All that stuff you say about playing in a FF, maturing, taking more classes and being around kids is touching and all, but he would be stupid to take that route. Bottom line, if I am his dad, I am saying declare for the draft with zero hesitation and do it ASAP.