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Nerlens Noel is recovering from knee surgery. (USA Today Sports)

Kentucky center Nerlens Noel – a strong candidate to be chosen first overall in the June NBA draft – has hired co-agents to represent him: Frank Catapano and Andy Miller.

Chris Driscoll, the head of Noel's management group, told Yahoo! Sports of the arrangement on Thursday.

Noel, who is 6-foot-11, has been rehabilitating a torn ACL ligament in Birmingham, Ala., and has been begun to do some stationary shooting from 15 feet and closer on the court.

After Noel's weight had dropped to 206 pounds during the rehab process, Driscoll says Noel now weighs 218.

Noel, 19, has visited Orlando, which owns the No. 2 pick, to meet with team officials and also plans stops with No. 1 Cleveland and No. 3 Washington.

Noel's great shot-blocking ability and defensive presence has helped him remain one of the elite prospects in the draft. Noel injured his knee in February, and it's unclear at what point during his rookie season that Noel can make his professional debut.

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