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Nerlens Noel is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, it was announced on Wednesday. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Nerlens Noel is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, it was announced on Wednesday. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Nerlens Noel got the news he was hoping he wouldn't on Wednesday.

The injury he sustained in Kentucky's loss at Florida was diagnosed as a torn ACL in his left knee and Noel will be forced to miss the rest of the season. The UK medical staff said Noel is expected to undergo surgery in the next two to three weeks and that recovery from this type of injury normally takes between six and eight months.

"I've been coaching for 22 years and this is the first injury we've had of this kind during the season, which makes it even more devastating," John Calipari said on CoachCal.com. "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. "

Noel's injury came on a play that defines what made him UK's best player and, in many ways, its heart and soul. After a turnover by the Wildcats, Noel set off in furious pursuit of Florida's Scottie Wilbekin. Making up ground in a matter of a few seconds with his quickness and long strides, Noel came from behind to block Wilbekin's shot out of bounds and save a sure two points. It was then that Noel landed awkwardly near the basket support and went down in pain.

Through 24 games, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals, leading his team in the latter three categories. His 106 blocks are still the most in the NCAA and just of Anthony Davis's record-setting pace of last season.

Much of Noel's impact, however, cannot be quantified. On a team that otherwise has battled consistency issues, Noel delivered the same energy and defensive presence every time he took the floor while starting all 24 of UK's games.

There will be plenty of time in the coming days and weeks to discuss UK without its star forward, but the focus now should be on sending well wishes to Noel. It's always scary to hear of a major injury for a player with a player of Noel's skill and potential, but his future remains bright no matter what path he chooses next. Those who saw the injury live were immediately fearful of it affecting him in the long term, but many other athletes have made comebacks from similar diagnoses.

"The good news is he is insured, so he would have been fine even if the injury would have been worse," Coach Cal said. "Obviously this is not a career-ending injury and it's one that athletes bounce back from all the time."

UPDATE: Noel's disability insurance noted by Coach Calipari was purchased through the NCAA Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Insurance Program.

Noel is in for a long road to recovery, but if his first public comment is any indication, it's one he's more than capable of traversing.



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Hang in there, Nerlens... It's been a joy to watch you play this season... If you approach your rehab the same way you play, you'll be back better than ever!!! All of Big Blue Nation is behind you!!!

Nerlens, i am so sorry for your injury and i am praying that you have a good and speedy recovery. Just trust in God to guide you and to be with the doctors as the preform the surgery. I will continue to pray for you daily and for the uk team. I am a true fan of uk, i love you guys. Hang in there and may God Bless you. ukk girl, bernie

NOEL.... YOU OUR MY BEST PLAYER KEEP YOUR CHIN UP WORK HARD AND YOU BE THERE NEST AND SHOW ALL THE FAITHFUL JUST HOW GOOD DO GIVE UP ..THIS IS AND 65YR OLD LADY

our prayers are with you and I know you will come back stronger than ever

Nerlens,
I have simply loved watching your level of talent and energy on the team! You are an awesome player and the team's best cheerleader. You will be sorely missed......hang in there and I pray that your knee heals perfectly and quickly
May God Bless you.......

Nerlens,
My heart went out for you the moment of your accident.My concern and prayers go out to you. I live in North Carolina but bleed Kentucky blue. I can't express how much I have enjoyed you play. The heart and dedication you put in the game is amazing. So please keep it that way in your recovery. Chin up and trust that God has a purpose. Will miss you GREATLY!!!!!!!

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