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Nerlens Noel says it won’t be the end of the world if he isn’t picked first

The one-time consensus No. 1 pick has seen his draft stock slip in recent weeks, but Nerlens Noel is staying positive in these final days leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft. Noel told, “It definitely won’t be the end of the world,” when asked about the possibility he won’t be this year’s top overall pick. That’s good to hear, because it would be a really bizarre situation if the fate of the world was determined in the NBA draft. We love Noel, but we don’t want the future of our existence resting on his shoulders Thursday night, especially with Dan Gilbert making the call.

Noel used Kevin Durant, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, and Carlos Boozer, a second rounder in 2002, as two examples of guys who have found success without being drafted first. “You can still become an All-Star and be successful,” he told HoopsWorld.

The former Wildcat received an invite to the green room over the weekend. He will be joined by his mother, his two older brothers, his little sister and Coach Cal.

Go Cats.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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6 Comments for Nerlens Noel says it won’t be the end of the world if he isn’t picked first

  1. cracka
    11:55 am June 24, 2013 Permalink

    dude on espn just said Noel #5

  2. Boogie
    12:13 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    The only players deserving of being picked 1st overall are Nerlens and Alex Len. Just because you can’t compare any current NBA player to Alex Len doesn’t mean he won’t or can’t be dominant. Oladipo and McLemore both cant handle the ball well enough to play the point and can’t shoot well enough to play the 2 guard. Pick one of the 7 footers and hope they develop.

  3. Mack
    12:55 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t see how anyone could pass on Noel even Cleveland, the teams that pass on Noel may be disappointed. Of the rest Bennett would be the next choice.

    12:57 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens averaged 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game.

    Alex Len averaged 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 0.2 steals per game.

  5. Fleet Admiral Halsey
    1:13 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Ah I know that nuke in the photo well. The Tsar Bomb the 50 megaton monstrosity the USSR made.

  6. theSkinny81
    6:18 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Alex Len was not even on the 3rd Team All-ACC, and now he’s maybe #1?

    Maybe the NBA should look at this year as a case study for requiring two years of college. Even if the class is weak, they’d have at least two years of college to help mature, both physically and mentally.