His one season in Lexington came to a close much earlier than expected however, when Noel tore his ACL around the midway point of the conference schedule. Noel is not expected to be ready for the start of the 2013 NBA regular season, but that hasn’t hurt his draft stock much at all.
With the 2013 NBA Draft Combine opening up on Thursday morning, Noel was obviously not participating, but rumors have been swirling that Noel is ahead of schedule on his rehab, and at this point it wouldn’t come as much of a shock if Noel hears his name called with the No. 1 overall pick.
Even despite being unable to participate in the combine, Noel is making headlines for some of his measurements. According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, here are some of them:
Nerlens Noel measurements: 6’10″ in socks and 6’11.5″ in shoes. 7′ 3.75″ wingspan and a very good 9-2 standing reach.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) May 17, 2013
Ironically enough, Noel’s height and standing reach measured higher than that of last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Davis. The rumors are abundant on Twitter however, because Noel reportedly weighed in at 206 lbs. That’s not good for an NBA center. Put this into perspective, Bradley Beal weighs 207 lbs. and the two play completely different positions obviously.
Noel is focused on the health of his knee and it probably hurts him enough that he can’t be out on the court proving his worth as a potential No. 1 selection. At this point however, if a torn ACL isn’t affecting Noel’s stock, why would his current weight? It’s a red flag, but it’s not anything that can’t be improved upon once he is selected.
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