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“”I Felt a Great Disturbance in the Commonwealth, as if Millions of Voices Suddenly Cried Out in Terror”

[ 14 ] February 13, 2013 |

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.

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  1. JKTHs says:

    This may result in the NBA going to something like baseball with the option of going straight out of HS or staying for a few years.

    • witless chum says:

      That really seems like the best compromise between the interests of players, colleges and the NBA.

      • daveNYC says:

        Why would the NBA and players worry about what the NCAA wants? The NBA wants cheap and/or reliable players, so college does help as a bit of a farm league, and the players want cash money. Whatever NCAA basketball gets left with should just be the result of those two parties working it out.

      • Njorl says:

        No, the NBA likes the current situation best. One year of college is enough exposure to weed out the high school guys who can’t play against equal competition. It also gives players one year of free publicity before they get into the NBA.

        The only thing the NBA would like better is if they could draft immediately after the NCAA tournament and add the players to the NBA playoff rosters.

        • Rob says:

          It has absolutely nothing to do with talent evaluation and everything to do with Stern not wanting to upset the NCAA and the moral scolds. One year of college basket ball tells you squat about NBA performance. This was all done because he was getting heat about “all” the failed high school picks who never go their chance at a college education!

    • efgoldman says:

      This may result in the NBA going to something like baseball with the option of going straight out of HS

      That’s the way it was until the last CBA (or I think the one before.)
      See Malone, Moses; Garnett, Kevin and dozens of others.

  2. Richard says:

    Was Noel likely to have chosen the NBA right out of high school if that was an option?

    • JKTHs says:

      Yessir. #1 prospect out of high school IIRC

      • Richard says:

        I know he was a high ranking prospect out of HS but there are some number one prospects who, even if the NBA was available, choose college for at least a year.

    • ChrisS says:

      Had he gone directly out of HS, he would have been a top-5 pick. Anthony Davis was the overal #1 by a wide margin. But of course, if Noel had been allowed to go straight out of HS, Davis would have been as well, so that shoots that all to hell.

      The next great star, Andrew Wiggins, will likely be a wall-to-wall projected 1st round pick (and play for UK or FSU for his mandated free season of basketball). By all accounts, he’s a generational type player.

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