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2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Nerlens Noel, Center, Kentucky

Name: Nerlens Noel

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-11

Position: Center

School/Country: Kentucky

Latest Stats: 10.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 4.4 bpg, 2.1 spg, 1.6 apg

 

The Kentucky Wildcats‘ title defense did not go according to plan in 2012-13 and neither did the freshman campaign for NBA prospect, Nerlens Noel. This 6-foot-11 center was finally starting to come into his own when a season-ending torn ACL cut his freshman season short. Noel missed the remainder of the year, but his draft stock stayed intact.

Noel should not only here his name called within the top five of the 2013 NBA Draft, but the Kentucky freshman could very well be the No. 1 overall selection. Noel however, will not get the opportunity to prove himself in pre-draft workouts as he continues to recover from the ACL injury. In fact, there are no guarantees that Noel would even be ready for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season.

That however, doesn’t mean he’s not worth the selection.

 

Strengths: Noel has the ability to stuff the stat sheet and his biggest strength is of course his defensive ability. Noel averaged 4.4 blocks per game and could very well have had the opportunity to breakAnthony Davis’ single season block record had he not been injured. Noel should be able to put on flirt with double-double type numbers once he is fully healthy, but the biggest key in his draft stock is his through the roof potential. Noel is just 19 years old.

Weaknesses: Noel is still looking to fine tune his offensive game and while that may take some time, it’s one that did show budding potential prior to his torn ACL. The injury of course is another potential weakness, so here’s to hoping Noel can have a quick recovery and get back on the court with whatever organization drafts him.

 

Draft Projection: Top Five

 

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