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Kentucky's Noel confident in return

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Former University of Kentucky star Nerlens Noel told reporters Thursday that he expects to come back strong from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"It's been good from week one," he said of his rehab at the NBA Combine in Chicago. "I'm 100-percent confident, not just getting back to what I was, but stronger. Going through this time not playing basketball I'll just be working on things I need to polish. It will improve me in the long run."

Noel tore his left ACL in February at Florida, ending his season. He said he's reached the point where he's shooting free throws.

"I think I'm at a good point," he said. "Obviously I can't do too much right now, but when I come back I'll be able to knock down that 15-footer and take my game to another level."

Despite the injury, Noel is projected as a possible No. 1 overall pick in the draft despite the injury.

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