What If Noel Hadn’t Reclassified?

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In many ways, Nerlens Noel is ahead of schedule.  He’s leaving Kentucky as merely a teenager to likely become another top pick for the Cats in the NBA draft this summer and make millions of dollars by doing so.

An idea and prospect no one would pass up, especially after tearing their ACL…showing just how brief fame and success can be.

In just a moment, Noel’s future and fortune almost changed.  But he’s ahead of schedule in rehab.  Likely ready to hit the floor come Christmas.

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For just a moment though let’s play another "what if?"

What if Noel were to come back and play with his original high school class…the one he was in before reclassifying.  What if Noel was in that group?

Believe it or not, it’s something Noel thought about.

His thoughts on playing with the new untouchables and best recruiting class in UK history in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com