Nerlens Noel continues to be projected by the majority of NBA Draft experts (and wannabees) to be the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Prior to Tuesday’s Draft Lottery, Noel visited Bristol to go through the ESPN Car Wash, and he met with fellow Car Wash visitors tennis legend Jimmy Connors and NBA star Al Horford:
In an interview with ESPN after the lottery, Noel talked about his one year at Kentucky, and how his rehab from ACL surgery is going:
It has been surreal. It’s crazy. I could be graduating high school right now, walking out on stage. I definitely made the best decision for myself. My year at Kentucky was the best year I’ve ever had.
I want everyone to know that I want to play this game, the game I love as soon as possible. I want to be ready. I’ve really benefited by being here. I want to come back as strong as possible.
Meanwhile, Draft Express released their latest mock draft and Nerlens Noel is projected to go #1 overall to the Cavaliers, while Archie Goodwin is the final pick of the first round at #30 to the Phoenix Suns.
Noel will no doubt be seeking out advice from former UK All-American Anthony Davis, who recently recalled his ‘whirlwind‘ of the 2012 NBA draft lottery experience prior to being selected #1-overall by the-then New Orleans Hornets:
It was a whirlwind. I didn’t know what was going to happen. My family was more happy than me. I was pretty nervous. I didn’t know what was going on. I was just scared. (I was told) ‘Oh, you’re going to be No. 1 pick, you know this’. But you never know what’s going to happen.
It was just the fact I didn’t know if I was going to get drafted. You’re supposed to have certainty but I’m the type of guy that I don’t believe nothing is going to happen unless it happens. I got to make sure it happens first. Anything can happen. I gotta make sure it happens before I relax.
And according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Davis has been invited to the Team USA mini-camp in late July in Las Vegas. He was on the squad that won gold in London last year, which gives him the inside track to get one of those final roster spots once again after initially being cut last year, but became a late addition after Blake Griffin bowed out due to a leg injury.
Kentucky will undoubtedly have more players hearing their names called in future NBA Drafts, as Scout.com’s final 2013 rankings are out, and Kentucky scored its fifth straight #1 class.