It would be surprising to his own brother if Nerlens Noel returned to Kentucky next season

Nerlens Noel - photo by Tammie Brown |
Nerlens Noel – photo by Tammie Brown |

It would be surprising to just about everyone — including the guy who shared a bedroom with him through childhood — if returned to  next season.

“I’d be surprised if he comes back,” Rodman Noel told me from his apartment in Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon. “Right now people still say he’ll be a top-five pick. It would only be smart to take it while you can.”

Rodman, a starting linebacker at NC State, said that his brother was clearly dejected when he finally spoke to him on Wednesday minutes after Nerlens learned he suffered a season-ending torn ACL. It’s an injury that could also prematurely end his college career. Noel’s draft stock, according to 10 executives I communicated with in the last 48 hours, may drop a spot or two — but he won’t fall out of the top five and could still be taken with the No. 1 overall pick.

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