Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel out with torn ACL

Kentucky has been playing well and were moving towards another National Championship. That has just been made more difficult with the news that freshman Nerlens Noel has torn his ACL and is out for the rest of the season.

Noel tore his ACL in Tuesday’s game against Florida. He is going to have surgery in the next couple weeks, according to USA Today.

Noel tweeted Wednesday:

“Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback! I love you all and can’t thank y’all enough for the prayers.”

Noel was having an outstanding year leading the nation in rebounds with 106 and blocks per game with 4.4. His rebounds per game, 9.5, is second ranked in the Southeastern Conference.

“I met with Nerlens earlier today. The meeting was really positive, and I loved his attitude. The way he is already dealing with this injury lets me know that he is going to come back stronger than ever. … Obviously this is not a career-ending injury and it’s one that athletes bounce back from all the time,” said John Calipari, according to the Associated Press.

It is not a career ending injury but since there was talk of Noel being the No. 1 pick for the NBA draft, it will change how he looks to NBA teams. Hopefully he can recover in the estimated six to eight months and come back even stronger.

Now that Noel is out for the season, it is time for his backup, Willie Cauley-Stein, to step up in the post.