Nerlens Noel confirms draft plans

Updated: April 15, 2013, 5:41 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky All-American forward and No. 1 NBA draft prospect Nerlens Noel will turn professional as he continues recovering from a torn ACL.

The 6-foot-10 freshman, who sustained a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 12, led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.

Noel also had 50 steals for Kentucky (21-12), earning Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year honors, along with first team all-conference and freshman team ...

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