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.
Despite Calipari’s claims that Noel is good to go, it’s not certain yet. UK officials have not announced Noel’s status, saying they will not comment on players’ eligibility until the start of the season.