The NCAA explored everything from Nerlens Noel’s circle of advisors to his ability to pay for unofficial visits. In the end, they found nothing on the big freshman who’s expected to replace Anthony Davis on this year’s Kentucky basketball team.
Wildcat coach John Calipari told ESPN’s “SportsCenter” audience: “He’s been cleared to practice and cleard to play games. Everything’s good to go.”
Noel was the top-ranked prospect in the nation this past year. Now he becomes the top-ranked NBA prospect in the country.
Calipari says with so many new pieces coming in this season, he’s not even sure how his Wildcat team will look this season:
“Most coaches will come back and have an idea — this is what we’re going to run, here’s how we’re going to do it. … How do you get into that stuff with the team we have? What if I have to play Willie Cauley and Nerlens together — that’s 7-foot and 6-foot-10…
It’s even hard to practice because when we put (the freshmen) in practice together, they’re real good because there’s no one to play against. I like my team, but we’re just not going to be that good early. By the end of the year, I think we’ll be all right.”
Uh, yeah. With a roster full of future NBA draft picks, Kentucky should be OK by year’s end.