February 13, 2013
Nerlens Noel is officially done with his freshman season at Kentucky after suffering a torn ACL in Tuesday's game.
"I’ve been coaching for 22 years and this is the first injury we’ve had of this kind during the season, which makes it even more devastating," John Calipari said in a release. "I met with Nerlens earlier today. The meeting was really positive, and I loved his attitude. The way he is already dealing with this injury lets me know that he is going to come back stronger than ever. The good news is he is insured, so he would have been fine even if the injury would have been worse. Obviously this is not a career-ending injury and it’s one that athletes bounce back from all the time."
The news sent an outpouring of support for Noel through social media -- starting with his own message:
Here's a sampling:
Teammate Sam Malone:
Louisville's Russ Smith:
Kentucky commitment Karl Towns:
UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad:
Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson:
LeHigh's CK McCollum:
NBA analyst and former Duke Blue Devil/Chicago Bull Jay Williams, who had a career-threatening knee injury of his own as a player: