Nerlens addressing the students at Whitesburg Elementary (Photo by @Chad_Sanders)
Since declaring for the draft, Nerlens Noel has been touring the state, signing autographs and speaking to kids about the importance of hard work. Here are a few pictures from his trek around the Bluegrass:
Another of Nerlens speaking at Whitesburg. Did he borrow Willie Cauley-Stein’s hipster glasses?
Nerlens and the ladies at Hillbilly Days.
One of the things we’ve come to love about Nerlens in his short time at UK is his focus on giving back, whether it be to the fans or members of the community in need. Noel told USA Today’s Jason Jordan that his ACL injury made him realize he can’t take anything for granted:
“It let me know that you’ve gotta cherish this game. You can’t take it for granted. I think it’s made me stronger mentally.”
Nerlens will be at Hillbilly Days again tonight (6 – 8 p.m.) and tomorrow (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.). He’ll also be signing autographs at Lexington Sports Cards tomorrow night from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Let’s enjoy him while we can.