2013 NBA Draft: Nerlens Noel Remains Ahead of Schedule in Regards to ACL Rehab

By Paul Seaver
Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but there isn’t much leverage in terms of figuring out just what they will do with the selection.

The obvious choice is Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-11 menace on the defensive end who is currently highlighting a rather weak draft in comparison to year’s past. If Cleveland is not sold on Noel, they could also make the decision to trade the pick, but that would include finding a potential suitor.

Now while one of the two aforementioned decisions are the obvious options for the Cavaliers, there’s also a rumor that the team could still consider selecting high-flying shooting guard Ben McLemore with the pick.

Long story short, Cleveland has a decision to make.

Well, if it’s any consolation to the Cavaliers, Noel is reportedly ahead of his ACL rehab. The injury put an end to Noel’s lone season in Lexington and it could very well keep him out for an extended portion of the 2013-14 season. So, you can see why the other options are being explored — Noel is not your average, No. 1 projection.

“We’re really happy with his progress,” Dr. James Andrews told ESPN.com by phone on Friday morning. “He’s several weeks ahead of schedule on his rehab. He’s improving on a weekly basis. He has a completely stable knee. The bone plugs are completely healed into the bone. His muscle and weight is returning. He has had no setbacks at all.”

It’s good to see Noel ahead of schedule, he’s a true talent who is unfortunately beginning his professional career in a rehabilitation scenario.


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