Posted: Jan 22, 2013 6:32 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Jan 22, 2013 6:33 PM
Improving is the right word. What's often overlooked with the great high school talent, which is Nerlens Noel's neighborhood, is if they don't immediately have the same kind of success in college, quietly, they will often question themselves.
Nerlen's strength, blocking shots was bothering him.
"Ah it was pretty tough, coming in you want to block everything there is to block," says the SEC Freshman of the week. "I was very anxious at the beginning of the season."
A very honest comment. You might say, hey Nerlens you are the number one player you shouldn't be anxious. But he was, and that's normal. When you stop being anxious, you start feeling better about your game, and that's when you really start showing off your skills if you are a top talent.
"I've come to be more relaxed on defense and just anticipate things better because it's a different level than high school when you could leave your feet and step up and block a shot," says UK's center.
This is the part that any True Blue fan should be excited about. It's not what Cal thinks, and Cal says that. It's certainly not what I think, and it's not what True Blue fans think. It's all about Nerlens thinks.
"I think I've come a long way," says Nerlens. "I still have progress to make."
That progress has a CBS blog putting Nerlens in as the No. 5 freshman. If that progress continues, Nerlens might be end up being the best freshman.