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Kentucky freshmen raise the bar

Young Wildcats' feats set a new standard for incoming stars

Updated: May 7, 2012, 3:21 PM ET
By Myron Medcalf | ESPN.com

As college basketball fans wandered (or stumbled) down Bourbon Street during the Final Four last month, Nerlens Noel walked the infamous New Orleans strip without causing a stir.

No one yelled his name. No one approached for autographs. No one seemed to notice the forward who's ranked No. 1 in ESPNU 100's 2012 recruiting class.

That rare calm for the defensive sensation and future NBA lottery pick, however, did not last long.

Soon after he unveiled ...

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