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The 6-foot-10-inch question mark

Nerlens Noel was a can't-miss kid until he busted his ACL.

Originally Published: July 9, 2013
By Pablo S. Torre | ESPN The Magazine

FOR 72 HOURS in mid-February, as everyone else watched (and rewatched) Nerlens Noel rupture an anterior cruciate ligament on national television, the mother of the top prospect in college basketball knew nothing of the harm that had befallen her baby boy.

On Feb. 12 -- the very same day Kentucky would play that fateful game in Gainesville, Fla. -- Dorcina Noel had arrived in the Haitian coastal city of Gonaïves, where her 81-year-old mother had just suffered ...

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