Press Box: Kentucky's Noel to enter NBA draft

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel announced Monday that he will enter the NBA draft.
Noel, an All-American, is considered the top prospect in June's draft.
The 6-foot-10 center missed the last month of the season after having knee surgery for a torn left ACL. He averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and led the nation with 4.42 blocks per game. SEC coaches voted him freshman of the year and top defensive player.
Noel is projected by several draft experts to go No. 1, even though he needs six to eight months to recover from the surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

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