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Kentucky Basketball: Nerlens Noel Cleared by the NCAA

Nerlens Noel, official Wildcat. (via <a href=""></a>)
Nerlens Noel, official Wildcat. (via

I put this up in a FanShot right after I got word, but I thought it deserved just a short article, as much for commentary as anything else. Also, the FanShot editor is a bit broken right now and won't let me post them to the front page. The code monkeys at SBN are working on that.

Anyway, back to Noel. From Lex18:

The UK freshman center had two classes to complete. Noel said he got the news on Tuesday.

"Sandy Bell called me and woke me up," Noel told on Wednesday afternoon. "She told me I was good to go. I knew I did it, but I was still nervous waiting on the official word."

He took two classes at Everett High in July and received an A in English and a B-plus in history.

"I needed two B's," Noel said. "I never studied that hard in my life."

I suppose that explains why Noel drew such negative commentary from Jonathan Givony of Draft Express the other day when he played, probably for one of the first times all summer, in organized competition.

At any rate, the "i's" have been dotted and "t's" crossed. Noel is a Wildcat, officially. He'll be in Lexington on the 19th.