Top NBA Draft prospect Nerlens Noel will miss the remainder of the year after tearing his ACL in Tuesday's game at Florida. The Kentucky center was one of the top-rated high school prospects and joined the freshman factory in Lexington to play for John Calipari.
It was figured that Noel would be the No. 1 pick before the season began and he was still expected to go in the top three before the injury despite a somewhat slow start to his season.
There was no doubting that Noel had the talent and athleticism to play at the NBA level. His potential alone would get him one of those coveted final spots. The question though was whether he had the refinement to his game to be a player that a franchise can truly build around. This year's class is largely regarded as a weak draft class, but that does not mean there could not be a few franchise-type players for the lottery teams to build around.
Noel's knee injury will only make the draft class that much more shallow.
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