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Injured Noel Raps – Yes, Raps – That He Might Return To UK Next Season

nerlens-noel-mugFreshman Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel might not be making headlines on the court these days, but he’s still getting plenty of pub off it.  After suffering a torn ACL last month in a game at Florida, Noel’s ability to zip straight to the NBA became a hot topic.  That discussion lasted for all of about eight hours.  Once a gaggle of NBA scouts let it be known that the Wildcats’ center would still be top 5 pick even with the injury, the topic cooled.

Could it now be heating back up?

Noel briefly shares rapping duties in “Number 9,” a song posted to yesterday and referred to as a “New UK Basketball Anthem by Wes Grams.”  It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a college/sports rap about a hoops team aiming for its ninth all-time national title: “Feelin’ straight ’cause we got number eight, now it’s time that we grab number nine.”

Uh, OK.

But at about the 1:50 mark of the song Noel takes the mic and shares the following:


“They talk about the draft, be me in?  Don’t sweat it.  I might come back, but I don’t know yet.”


Now, I have no problem admitting that I might have missed that “be me in” line.  My rap tastes run toward Public Enemy and not the modern stuff, so maybe there’s a new phrase or two that I’m just not hip to.  Hard to believe, I know.

But it’s the last line that’ll pique Kentucky fans’ interest.  Might Noel really pass on millions of guaranteed NBA dollars in order to spend another year risking yet another injury in the college game?

If you believe so, then you’ve probably already set “Number 9″ as your ringtone.


NUMBER 9 – Wes Grams ft Nerlens Noel


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He Scowls, He Runs His Mouth… And UM’s Henderson Scores

gfx - they said itOle Miss guard Marshall Henderson is fast becoming the league’s most liked (in Oxford) and most disliked (everywhere else) star.  With his scowls, trash talk, and in-game celebrations, the juco transfer from Utah — who was the SEC’s Player of the Week last week — is simply doing what he’s already done before.  Three years ago The Las Vegas Sun called Henderson “The Mountain West’s newest villain” for his antics.

That “villain” was quick to run his mouth before and after last night’s game with Tennessee (even if he self-imposed an in-game gag order):


“We’ll beat (Tennessee) 10 times out of 10.  We still feel like we’re a little disrespected.  That’s why we think Tennessee was talking so much, because they’re Tennessee and we’re Ole Miss.  We’ve been in the (NCAA) Tournament, what, eight times out of 103 years?  Who are we to have a target on our back?  We still don’t feel like we have a target on our back still, except for the fact people think they shouldn’t lose to Ole Miss.”


First, if Tennessee’s players were talking, they should learn to pipe down.  Henderson has dropped 60 points on the Volunteers in two Ole Miss wins this month.

Second, did we mention that Henderson backs up his talk with his play?  He’s averaging 19.4 points per game on the season and he can sink three-pointers from all over the court.

Third, did we mention Henderson is a polarizing figure?  He made waves at Utah.  Then he transferred to Texas Tech, never played and transferred to a junior college before landing at Ole Miss.  From his gums to his gestures, Henderson gets under the skin of UM opponents and their fans.  And if he were wearing Mississippi State maroon, Rebel fans would view him as Public Enemy #1 rather than as a well-meaning, confident, demonstrative youth.

Love him or hate him, Henderson is the SEC’s most interesting player in a down, drab year for basketball.

And he also shot a scowl at the back of Bobby Knight’s head during last night’s broadcast.  So he’s got that going for him.



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