Dec 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel (4) shoots baskets during warmups prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA: Nerlens Noel Cleared to Play


According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Philadelphia 76ers center and former Kentucky Wildcat Nerlens Noel has been cleared to play basketball.

Here’s an excerpt from Goodman’s post on ESPN.com,

Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Nerlens 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, sources told ESPN.com….

“He is doing excellent, and the team is taking good care of him,” Andrews told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

Andrews said he was unable to provide more information because of privacy laws, but sources told ESPN.com that Noel, the No. 6 pick in this past June’s NBA draft, could return to game action within the next four to six weeks barring a setback.

Noel was expected to be the #1 overall draft pick of the 2013 NBA Draft before suffering an ACL injury last season at Florida.  However, Noel was still pick #6 by the 76ers, where he is currently on the roster.

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