Well, this is an issue:
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 Calipari eventually came over and stayed with Noel until he was carried off the court by several teammates.
Two weeks ago it looked like the Ducks were on autopilot and the Wildcats improving; after dropping three of four the Ducks have work to do, and the Cats are now in very serious trouble. On the much more important question of the future of Nerlens Noel’s career, see Pat Forde. While the “one-and-done” formula represents the best possible solution under current rules, it still creates huge risks for young athletes with marketable skills.