Nerlens Noel’s time on the court was cut short last season, but his volunteer hours were not. Throughout his (short) time in the bluegrass, Noel did all kinds of volunteer work with people of all ages. Noel making a difference in the community is no new story, but refreshing to hear nonetheless.
Noel is continuing to make a difference in Lexington even after moving to Philadelphia to play with the 76er’s. Last night at a local high school basketball game, Noel sent a video message at halftime to Henry Clay’s basketball manager. Braxton Upthegrove, 16, is awaiting his second kidney transplant. The basketball lover was invited by Noel to fly to Miami tomorrow and watch the 76er’s take on the Miami Heat on Friday, then spend the weekend playing video games and hanging out. The video by WKYT can be seen here.
While Noel is out doing good off the court, he himself is doing good on the court. An ESPN article by Jeff Goodman reports that Nerlens has been cleared. According to the article Noel has, “been given the go-ahead by Dr. James Andrews to resume basketball-related activities and could be ready to take the court shortly after the All-Star break.”
It has been just short of a year when Noel tore his ACL against Florida in February. Andrews told ESPN that Noel could be back in just 4-6 weeks barring no major setback. It was also suggested that Andrews cleared Noel for on-court drills and he is just waiting for the go-ahead from the team.