Teammate at Kentucky expects Nerlens Noel to dominate in the NBA

Archie Goodwin - photo by Tammie Brown |
– photo by Tammie Brown |

Increasingly, the Cavaliers have shown signs that they're not so sold on making the No. 1 pick, which could leave him on the board for Orlando at No. 2 or Washington at No. 3. Not surprisingly, one guy who still sees Noel as the best of the bunch in this group is his former teammate at , Archie Goodwin.

You know the story—Kentucky was 17-6 on February 12 when Noel suffered a season-ending knee injury against Florida. The Wildcats went 4-4 from there, failed to make the NCAA tournament and wound up flopping out of the NIT in the first round. Kentucky was struggling to come together as a team even with Noel—without his 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks, things came undone.

Goodwin, who is in this year's draft as well and has a crack at the first round, talked to SN about Noel's impact and how he might project in the , and that will lead off today's Draft Watch.  On how Noel might do in the NBA: “I expect him to dominate it. He is a hard worker. Go back and look at our games, he already has defense down pat. His instincts are unmatched. ”

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