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Nerlens Noel’s Wednesday News and Views


Happy birthday to the big man with the big hair, Nerlens Noel. The flat top feller turns 19 on Wednesday.

Nerlens first popped up on KSR’s radar back in April 2011, when he was still in the class of 2013. After Nerlens reclassified, he became UK’s main target in the 2012 class, and shocked fans when he revealed his college decision by showing off the UK logo in the back of his hair.

During his time at UK, Nerlens has proven to be a genuine talent on the court, and a genuinely wonderful person off of it. He volunteers regularly at nursing homes and children’s hospitals, and seems to understand the impact he has on the community. He was the heart and soul of the team this past season, and when he went down with an ACL injury, a large part of the team went with him.

Nerlens has yet to announce whether or not he’s going to the NBA next year, but with most mock drafts projecting him to be the number one pick, it’s unlikely he’ll pass on that opportunity. Here’s what Chad Ford had to say about Noel in his latest mock draft, which has him going first to the Charlotte Bobcats:

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Happy birthday, big fella.

Now, some notes from the day…

— In John Calipari’s words, next season began on Tuesday. The national media released their really, really, ridiculously early Top 25 polls for 2013-2014, and UK was ranked #1 across the board. USA Today, CBS Sports, ESPN, The Sporting News and The Big Lead all had the Cats in the top spot, with many of the polls ranking Louisville right behind them at #2. Enjoy the spotlight while you can, Cards. The gloves are off.

— Now that he’s signed off on his amateur status, it’s time to figure out where Archie Goodwin will go in the NBA Draft. ESPN’s Chad Ford left Goodwin out of the first round of his mock draft, citing problems with his jump shot and a lack of strength when driving the lane: “Teams are worried he’s going to get pummeled going to the basket the same way he did at Kentucky.” Here’s hoping Archie can change their minds before June 27th. In other draft news, Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore and Russ Smith all declared for the draft on Tuesday. Hopefully this means we’ll never have to hear “Russ Arena” again.

Dominique Hawkins will announce his college decision in the morning, with all signs pointing to the Cats. We will stream the press conference on the site live at 8 a.m. ET, so start your morning with us. I’ll make the coffee.

— After dislocating it back in March, Enes Kanter will have surgery on his shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. No word on how the surgery will affect his tweeting schedule.

— The Spring Game can’t get here soon enough. On Tuesday, UK announced they would be holding a Cat Walk at 5:15 p.m. outside Gate 1. Also, there will be FREE POSTERS!!! for everyone in attendance. We’ll have previews of the game on the site throughout the week, so stay tuned. Can’t make it to the game? The CW is airing it on delay Sunday at 7 p.m. in Lexington.

— In a bit of late breaking news, 2014 4-star defensive end Denzel Ware decommitted from Kentucky on Tuesday night and is likely to commit to Florida next. Losing Ware is a blow, but it’s just another reminder that verbal commitments are meaningless in football.

— It’s time to shift some focus to the UK baseball team, which beat Austin Peay 6-3 Tuesday night. The Bat Cats are currently ranked thirteenth in the nation and start a three-game series against Tennessee on Friday.

— Finally, it was a good night for the NBA Cats. Terrence Jones put in another promising performance for the Rockets, with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 23 minutes. NBA vet Nazr Mohammad started in place of Joakim Noah for the Bulls and put up 6 points and 10 rebounds. John Wall continues to dominate, scoring 33 points in the Wizards’ loss to the Knicks.

That’s all for now. Tomorrow’s radio show will be LIVE from Augusta, Georgia as the guys continue to live the dream at the Masters. Tune in and we’ll be jealous together.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

30 Comments for Nerlens Noel’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. Catlogic15
    11:18 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Happy Birthday big fella.

    Smooth sailing in your new career.

  2. Curious
    11:27 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    What happened with the ksr podcasts?

  3. Chachi
    11:49 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Happy B-day Big Fella!

  4. Catmedic
    11:51 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    The gloves are off! That’s exactly how I feel! Go cats. #9

  5. Zach
    11:58 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Happy B-Day Nerlens! Get well soon, big flat top fella.

  6. Turntable
    12:29 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Will this dominique hawkins kid even get a scholarship…Im guessing h will just be a walk-on for all 4 years.

  7. this just in
    12:41 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Tarik Black of memphis is transfering and can play rite away since he is a graduate student. If we dont land wiggins could call possibly look at black he once recruited him.

  8. enough
    12:46 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    How many more people are gonna refer to Nerlens as “big fella”?

  9. Noels
    1:51 am April 10, 2013 Permalink


  10. Buckets
    2:20 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Dominique Hawkins, come on down!

  11. BAdams
    2:29 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    6, have you even been paying attention? He’s not coming to UK unless he has a scholarship offer. He has many D1 schools looking at him, he’s not in the mold of Polson where Liberty was his only offer. If he’s committing soon, he has an offer from the Cats. And thats almost a given since Harrow left. He will be a solid 3, 4 year player for the Cats. Cal knows he has to have these kinds of players.

  12. Russ Smith
    4:24 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    It’s not Ruppdiculous, it’s Russdiculous!!

  13. Russ Smith
    4:25 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    And we renamed Rupp “Russ Arena”

  14. Fab 8
    4:57 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hankins has offers to: South Carolina, Purdue, Weatern KY, and Morehead St. Lets just be honest and say that if he comes to uk we must have missed on one. It’s ok. John Hood can carry shooting shirts and he can show hawk how to do it. STOP with the Epps comparisons.

  15. rj
    5:19 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    is it just me or does anybody else feel better after the uconn women gave uofl the worst beating in tournament final history.

  16. Catlanta
    6:24 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    15) I think it is just you, lol.

  17. btowncatfan
    6:44 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    To all those that are criticizing giving Hawkins a scholarship, I think I will trust Cal’s judgement. He(Cal) went out of his way to show how much he liked this kid by showing up for all of Hawkin’s state tournament games. Or at least having Coach O there. He sees something in Hawkins he really likes, IN CAL WE TRUST!

  18. RealCatsFan
    6:59 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    15, I’m with ya, man! Hey, at least out UK Hoops team kept it a LITTLE closer, and we had to play UConn on their own turf.

  19. bleedblueky
    7:15 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nerlens 🙂 BBN Love You and Miss You 🙂 Speedy Recovery and Outstanding NBA Career 🙂

  20. Sportfan
    7:16 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Lol it don’t matter how much you all look to the future on who stays and who goes, at the end if the day you can’t change what happen this year #worstteamever…

  21. kadizkat
    7:40 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    The love from UL fans continues. They love this site and envy us.

  22. RealCatsFan
    7:53 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    20, this year’s team was a disappointment, but nowhere close to “worst team ever”. Take a look at the season’s we had in Sutton’s last year for an example of that. Keep in mind that this team lost it’s best player midway through the season, and had other distractions that were beyond anyone’s control. It was only the unrealistic expectations of the media and fans that made it so much of a disappointment. Yes, the team underachieved, especially in the Vandy game, but they also had the misfortune of playing RM on the road instead of at home, when this team didn’t have the fan support that they had come to rely on and had pretty much surrendered for the season.

    Hopefully this next group of kids will be better equipped to handle the weight of expectations that will be thrust on them. I for one think they will.

  23. What????
    7:58 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Gosh, #20; I’m sure we all feel enriched after reading your post. Thanks for sharing your brilliant insights.

  24. EasyNow
    8:58 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    hey guys go easy on 20. He is clearly someone we should listen to: (1) the name ‘Sportfan’ shows us that he loves a sport. Which sport, we don’t know, but at least he focuses his expertise on one sport. (2) Using “it don’t matter” clearly shows he is a grammatical genius. (3) at the end “if” the day we can’t change what “happen” this year, he is correct again. Thanks for sharing, Sportfan!

  25. theWilkman
    10:18 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Bobcats fans should cross their fingers and pray that Chad Ford’s scenario takes place. A young team built around MKG, Nerlens, and Wiggins would be a lot of fun to watch.

  26. Sports fan
    10:40 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Ok English professors, lets get back to the topic at hand. UK don’t make excuse about someone getting hurt. Louisville didn’t and they still won the championship. Oh I know that hurts… Oh and goin for good to bad less than a year makes you the worst team ever… LOL NIT and Robert Morris..very Sad

  27. Sports fan
    10:41 am April 10, 2013 Permalink


  28. hah
    12:37 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    26-27.. your a jaggoff

  29. bbr
    12:47 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    “Ok English professors, lets get back to the topic at hand. UK don’t make excuse about someone getting hurt. Louisville didn’t and they still won the championship”

    Now thats funny, albeit in an unintended way. Start off your post by addressing ‘English professors’ (by the way, english should not be capitalized there)and then follow it up with a horrendous attempt at a sentence – UK don’t make excuse – excellent!

    Ignoring the obvious irony and addressing the point you were attempting to make – there is no comparison between the impact of losing a player like Nerlens Noel and one like Ware.

  30. Actually
    9:53 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    While Sports fan is obviously an idiot troll, “English” is always capitalized, so the little twerp was right about one thing. Everything else was nonsense.