April 17, 2013
One month and five days after his ACL injury that ended his season, Nerlens Noel said on The Dan Patrick Show that his rehab is "well ahead of schedule" in his first interview since that game against Florida.
Noel, the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft by many pundits, also talked about whether he thought about returning to Kentucky, playing in the NBA, the Boston Marathon bombing, and more.
Here's an excerpt from the interview:
Patrick: Set the scene for the listeners. You go into to Coach (John) Calipari to talk about whether you come back or you leave.
Noel: I went into his office and he told me he’d love to have me back. It was still early on, just a couple days after the injury. He told me it was up to me and just we’d have to put it in perspective whether I drop a few picks or anything. I just stayed focused and analyzed what I had to and just really stuck to my physical therapy. Now I’m ahead of schedule and I thought I made a good decision to declare for the draft.
Patrick: Was there any chance of you coming back to Kentucky?
Noel: Yeah, there was, just considering how much I love playing here and just the atmosphere it had in Rupp Arena and I just love the Big Blue Nation fans. It was just a great experience and that’s something I was really thinking about coming back for. It was a really tough decision and I thought I made the best decision for myself.
Here's video of the full interview: