Nerlens Noel is being viewed by many as the man who’ll step in at Kentucky and pick up right where Anthony Davis left off. They forget, of course, that Billy Donovan called Davis one of the game’s “all-time” greats. Those are big shoes to fill… even for Noel.
Commenting on his new signee, John Calipari compared Noel to Davis and another of this previous greats. But he also points out the youngster has some work to do:
“I’ve been blessed three times in my career to have a player that can change the game without really scoring with Marcus Camby, Anthony Davis and now Nerlens Noel. I will tell you that Nerlens, just like Anthony, is not a finished product. He’s got a lot of work to do, and we have a lot of work to do to get him to where I think he’s capable of being, but he is a special player who I am ecstatic to have an opportunity to work with.”
Wildcat fans would be wise to temper their expectations for Noel. He may be a tremendous player. But guys like Davis don’t come along too often.