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Nerlens Noel Gets Word He's Academically Eligible To Play at UK

Posted: Aug 8, 2012 5:18 PM by Mary Jo Perino

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Nerlens Noel has been academically cleared by the NCAA, he told

The UK freshman center had two classes to complete. Noel said he got the news on Tuesday.

"Sandy Bell called me and woke me up," Noel told on Wednesday afternoon. "She told me I was good to go. I knew I did it, but I was still nervous waiting on the official word."

He took two classes at Everett High in July and received an A in English and a B-plus in history.

"I needed two B's," Noel said. "I never studied that hard in my life."

Noel will leave for Lexington on August 19 and admitted he isn't anywhere close to game shape due to his focus on academics.

He admittedly struggled this past week in California at the Adidas nations camp, but said it shouldn't take him more than a couple weeks in Kentucky to get back into shape.

"It was frustrating," Noel said of his play. "I just didn't have my wind, but it was all worth it because the focus was to get eligible for this season."