ESPN An MRI on Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel revealed he tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.The talented freshman was injured in Tuesday night’s loss to the Florida Gators. Kentucky medical staff said surgery is expected in the next two to three weeks. The 6-foot-10 Noel landed awkwardly on his left knee and then slammed the knee into the basket support after chasing down Florida’s Mike Rosario on a fast break and blocking the shot with 8:03 left in No. 25 Kentucky’s 69-52 loss to the seventh-ranked Gators.Noel immediately grabbed his left knee and screamed in pain. Trainers rushed to his side and Wildcats coach John Calipari eventually came over and stayed with Noel until he was carried off the court by several teammates.
As we discussed last night it has been confirmed that Kentucky star freshman center Nerlens Noel tore the ACL in his left knee against the Florida Gators and is done for the season.
This impacts the NCAA tournament, because Kentucky’s freshmen were just starting to gel, and it looked like they were going to have a legitimate shot at defending their 2012 NCAA Championship. Thus will be a lot harder to do without their best player and the Nation’s leading shot blocker.
It also impacts the 2013 NBA Draft, as a very weak class has now gotten much weaker, Noel was projected by many to be selected first overall, and now he will likely be back at Kentucky for the 2013-2014 season.
Our advice to Noel would be to heal up, then work on refining your very raw offensive game, emerge from this injury a better player.