Nerlens Noel, the shot-blocking Kentucky freshman center, suffered what appeared to be a terrible knee injury in the 2nd half of the Wildcats’ game against Florida.
Noel blocked a shot on the fast break, but landed awkwardly and it appeared his left knee twisted or buckled. As you can hear in the video, Noel was writhing around the floor in pain as trainers rushed onto the floor.
His teammates carried him off the court, and now Kentucky, college basketball, and the NBA wait for word on the status of his knee. Without Noel, the Wildcats would no longer be a lock to make the NCAA tournament. In the last two weeks, Noel had played his way into perhaps the top spot for the 2013 draft.
Noel came into the game averaging 10.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg, and 4.5 blocks per game. He was threatening the school record for blocks (186) set by Anthony Davis last year.
Florida won, 69-52. [Front page screen grab via Issac]