Originally written February 13, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
There has not been a clear cut, no doubt about it, first pick in the NBA draft kind of player emerge from the college game yet this season. One of the contenders for that top spot is Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel. On Tuesday evening, Noel suffered a knee injury that has been described as gruesome- “The No. 25 Wildcats also may be without freshman forward Nerlens Noel for a significant length of time because of a left knee injury he suffered during the second half of their 69-52 loss to No. 7 Florida. The 6-foot-10 Noel landed awkwardly on his left knee and then slammed the knee into the basket support after chasing down Mike Rosario on a fast break and blocking the shot with 8:03 left.” “Noel left the O’Connell Center in a wheelchair. The school said in a statement that Noel would fly back to Lexington, Ky., with the rest of the team Tuesday night. “His leg was wobbly, knee looked dislocated,” Florida center Patric Young told the Palm Beach Post. “It was gruesome. I don’t want to think about it.” Noel immediately grabbed his left knee and screamed in pain. Trainers immediately rushed to his side and Calipari eventually came over and stayed with Noel until he was carried off the court by several teammates.” A picture has of the landing has been making the rounds on twitter. [Related: NBA Rookie Rankings] (Photo by Kentucky.com)
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