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.”
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.