May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Nerlens Noel is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Former Cats show promise in NBA Combine, Archie Goodwin struggles



As the NBA Combine got underway yesterday in Chicago, Nerlens Noel showed that his season-ending injury had no bearing on his potential for the NBA next season. When Noel was told that he could still possibly be the top overall pick in the draft, he said he “wasn’t surprised”. “I’ve got the talent and I’m going to do things the best thing I can. I definitely think this will make me a better player, having gone through this. I’m working on my jumper and putting on good weight.”

Noel has been focused on rehab since his injury in February, and says he will continue to stay focused until he is a better player than what he was before the injury. “It’s been good from week one. 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 spoke with ESPN’s Andy Katz, and told him he had interviews with six teams on Thursday Boston, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, New Orleans and Cleveland.

Julius Mays has worked out with a few NBA teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Toronto Raptors, according to Zagsblog contributor Chazz Griffith. Mays believes that he can be picked up as a free agent as a valuable bench player.

Unlike Mays and Noel, Archie Goodwin has not had that much luck. Goodwin struggled with his three-point shot yesterday, which was “flat”. Although Calpari has been receiving calls from multiple NBA teams on Goodwin’s potential, ESPN’s Chad Ford believes Goodwin will play more valuable minutes in the D-League rather than whoever drafts him. “He’s having a rough go right now with NBA teams, partly because the expectations were so high for him out of high school and that so many of the freshmen have been successful and Calipari has had this ability to get the most out of these guys,”

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