This morning, Nerlens Noel hung out with USA Today Sports before his rookie photo shoot with Panini Trading Cards. Noel took fans’ questions through USA Today Sports’ Twitter account on everything from being a rookie to his favorite cartoon growing up. Here’s the transcript:
On being around his fellow rookies:
Being around the rookies is great. We’re all in the same position, and it’s interesting to see how these guys are handling as well. I’ve been able to stay focused and keep rehab as my main focus. My rehab is going well and I’ve been able to do some stuff on the court. This is a dream come true putting on the uniform today. It’s a dream come true to be able to do that.
Who are you most looking forward to playing against in the NBA?
Kevin Garnett. Growing up, he was one of my favorites.
What’s the one thing he’d tell an incoming freshman about playing at Kentucky?
Definitely listen to Coach Cal.
Will we be seeing other hairstyles besides the flat top?
It will always be flat-top oriented. Maybe a Gumby.
Who was your favorite NBA player growing up as a kid?
Besides KG, Bill Russell. He just wasn’t a player. His IQ spoke for itself.
Predictions for the next freshmen @ UK?
The sky is the limit. They definitely have the talent. They have great chemistry.
On the rookie transition program the next two days:
I want to be a sponge and want to use the things they are teaching us.
Do you think of yourself as a game changer?
I want to be a presence on defense from day one & bring my game along offensively.
What was you favorite cartoon growing up as a kid?
That’s all folks.