Feb 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel (4) during warmups prior to the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Former Wildcats in the NBA: Nerlens Noel Looks Like Future ROY

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Nerlens Noel is proving why he should’ve been taken higher in the 2013 NBA Draft, even with a torn ACL. Every team that passed on him is likely regretting it, while the Philadelphia 76ers are celebrating.

Although, Noel had to sit out a season in the NBA due to the torn ACL from his season at the University of Kentucky, he is back and he is back with a vengeance. Last night, against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Noel had a pretty strong stat line. Noel had 12 points, shot 6-10, grabbed 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks, one being a pretty impressive block against 2013 #1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett. Two nights ago, Noel had a strong night for the 76ers against the Brooklyn Nets. Noel scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, 1 steal and 5 blocks to cap off his night. w

Noel also had a strong night against the Orlando Magic, he lead the 76ers with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block and 4 steals. He is consistently filling out his stat sheet with strong numbers in each category, that’s what is most impressive.

Sure, it’s Summer League, we won’t truly know how strong of an NBA player Nerlens Noel will be this season until regular season begins. A lot of players shine in the summer league, then flop during the regular season. I don’t know about you, but I have more faith in Nerlens Noel than that. It looks like Noel has a strong chance to be considered as the NBA Rookie of the Year this upcoming season. With that, he will have strong competition from another former Wildcat and current Los Angeles Laker, Julius Randle. It’ll be bittersweet if it comes down between the two of them in the end…at least the Big Blue Nation wouldn’t have to choose, how could you choose between the two?

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