Nerlens Noel Declares For NBA Draft

04/15/2013 09:23 AM

As expected, UK freshman Nerlens Noel has declared for the 2013 NBA Draft, where he’s expected to be the top overall pick. Noel, who averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks before tearing his ACL, said in a press release that he valued his time at UK, but is ready for the challenge of the NBA.

“I have loved my time at Kentucky, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Noel said. “I’ve learned so much here at UK and am thankful for Coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support. I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I’ve received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I’ll always be a Wildcat!”

John Calipari followed by saying, “I support Nerlens’ decision to enter his name in the draft and am excited for him and his future. The hard work and will to win he showed on the floor this year and the dedication and attitude he has shown in his rehab will only be a reward for him and whatever team drafts him in June.”

The NBA Draft will take place June 27.


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