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Calipari say Nerlens Noel can play, UK doesn't confirm

UK head coach Calipari says center Nerlens Noel is ready to play, but UK officials have not commented.

Nerlens Noel

UK head coach John Calipari appeared on SportsCenter to say Nerlens Noel is set to play for the season:

“He’s been cleared to practice, cleared to play games,” Calipari told ESPN. “Everything is good to go.”

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A freshman center at UK, Noel was one of the top high school basketball players in 2012, named No. 1 by ESPN in 2012. Noel would  help restock the UK team that recently sent a record six players to the 2012 NBA Draft.

There was some question about the recruiting surrounding Noel:

The NCAA's questions focused on the cast of characters that surrounded Noel's recruitment and how Noel paid for his unofficial visits, according to a person with knowledge of the NCAA inquiry.