Nerlens Noel will undergo surgery on his torn ACL on Tuesday.
“After talking with my family, I decided to schedule my surgery over spring break so I wouldn't miss as much class,” Noel said in a release. “I wish all my teammates luck in the SEC Tournament and look forward to getting back to Lexington as soon as I can to begin my rehab and finish my school work.”
John Calipari said Noel will wait until about two months into the rehab process to make a decision on his future.
"The rehab is the key," Calipari told Dan Patrick. "If he's slow in the rehab, he should come back. If he's attacking the rehab, then he'll have options."
Calipari said it will be a family decision and he will support Noel whether he chooses to go to the NBA or come back to school.
Although, he noted, if Noel decides to return for a sophomore season, he will "do two backflips in my office."
The surgery will be performed in Florida by Dr. James Andrews, a renowned surgeon with extensive work in the NBA and other leagues. Dr. Scott Mair of UK Sports Medicine will also be present and will help coordinate Noel's rehab.
“Being one of the few surgeons that NBA franchises use regularly, Dr. Andrews’ involvement will allow the NBA personnel to have the most updated post-surgery information available in regards to Nerlens’ medical condition," a UK spokesman said. "Our medical staff and administrators are not permitted to talk to NBA teams and Nerlens is not allowed to be examined by the NBA, prior to the draft, without jeopardizing his eligibility.”