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Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel tore his ACL, out for the season

Feb 13, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

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The MRI results are in, and what we all suspected is now official: Nerlens Noel has torn the ACL in his left knee and will be out for the rest of the season.

Surgery is expected to be in the next two-to-three weeks, as they wait for the swelling in the knee to subside. The recovery time for a torn ACL is in the neighborhood of six-to-eight months.

It’s a tough pill to swallow. Noel was one of the most entertaining players in the country to watch, a shot-blocking pogo stick that was the one player on the Kentucky roster that could be relied on to play well and play hard on a nightly basis. By all accounts, he’s just a great kid off the court, too.

And it’s fitting, really: if last night ends up being the last time that Noel dons a Kentucky jersey, his final play as a Wildcat will be tracking down a player on a breakaway and blocking a layup attempt. It would be poetic if it wasn’t so depressing.

That said, torn ACLs are not career-ending injuries. He’ll be able to come back from this. Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Wishing the next Ben Wallace a speedy and healthy recovery.

  2. imthedudedude - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Get healthy soon man! Wanna see you out there playin with the big boys next year. Good luck

  3. scott42444 - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Well, let’s look at the positive. You are talented enough to STILL get drafted in the 1st round. That would guarantee your contract. You would also get GREAT doctors to help you through your rehab that will be free. Plus, instead of going 1st through 5th in the 1st round of the draft, you could slip further down and land with a TOP NOTCH organization (not to bad mouth any other team, but usually the perrenial lottery teams aren’t landing the big name free agents). You could land in a great spot where you are competing for an NBA Championship during your rookie deal. How about my favorite team, the Bulls? There is some big news with Derrick Rose on this front about whether he will/won’t play this season. I think the Bulls will prove to be a trustworthy organization that players can look too as being on the players’ side. Plus, you would have a teammate that you would be able to look towards for advice and counseling. Ask coach Cal about him. He would probably reach out to you right now and give you some great advice for your rehab.

    • florida727 - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Well stated, Scott. I could see Noel in red :)

  4. thebadguyswon - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Good luck, Eraserhead.

  5. wwttww - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Sure….NN is slipping to Chicago at #22

    • florida727 - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Ever hear of the phrase “trading up”? A lot easier to do at #3 or #5 or whatever than it is at #1 when the team with the top pick is looking for a new face for their franchise and fan base.

  6. westcoastredbird - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Dude now has plenty of time to work on his Kid N Play haircut. Should be a full on stove pipe by next season.

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