Calipari calls Noel top prospect in NBA Draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Cleveland Cavaliers own the first pick in the upcoming NBA Draft and will host UK center Nerlens Noel this weekend.

Kentucky coach John Calipari calls Noel the top prospect in the draft, but warns, "everybody is posturing."

Noel, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in February, has said he's ahead of schedule with his rehab. Calipari said Noel should be the top pick.

"I've talked to Dr. (James) Andrews. Nerlens is doing great. That knee has no issues. But I'm telling you, the stuff and the rumors are flying, trying to posture their guy before this guy."

Andrews performed surgery on Noel's knee and has given the 19-year-old the green light to begin conditioning. Noel wants to be back on the court by Christmas.

On Tuesday, Calipari said Noel has the biggest upside in the draft.

"There may be other players who score better or do some things better, but as a prospect, I think he's the best."

"He's just at the beginning of how good he's going to be," Calipari said. "We didn't get him until August, because he re-classified. We didn't have the summer. We had him for five months. Look at his improvement."

The 2013 NBA Draft is June 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


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