It was Dirty Harry who said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” It was a cool line in the movie but when you’re talking about a college basketball player, it’s much better to have a player that doesn’t know the limits of his potential. And veteran college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy sees that as a strength for UK freshman big man Nerlens Noel.
“He’s not really polished in terms of finishing shots but he doesn’t seem to care and that’s what helps him,” DeCourcy explained in an appearance on “The Leach Report” radio show on Monday. “He knows you’re not as fast as he is and he’s comfortable with the ball in his hands and he’s going to get it up on the rim and hopes it goes in. And if he doesn’t, he knows he’s got a teammate that may get there before your guy does.”
The book on Noel as a high school player was that he excelled at blocking shots – many said he’s better at it than Anthony Davis – but that he might struggle with his offensive game. Through the five games we’ve seen Noel thus far, Noel is showing that may be able to bring more of an offensive game to the court than expected.