Nearing the biggest night of his life, Noel is still a relative unknown. He will be drafted on potential, tabbed as a franchise player the moment he walks onto the court. He said playing for Calipari, the draft preparations, and the rehabilitation have all been learning experiences.
“I have to be ready for the grind that the NBA will put me through,” he said. “Playing for coach Cal is one of the best experiences. He’s taught me so much, on and off the court. He gets you ready for this. I just want to have fun and really enjoy the process. I know the road is going to be difficult, but I also know I have worked hard to get here.”