Sixers to introduce draft pick Nerlens Noel

Sixers top draft pick Nerlens Noel will be introduced to the media at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Nerlens Noel wants to wear No. 5 to signify that five teams bypassed him in the NBA draft.
Sixers top draft pick Nerlens Noel will be introduced to the media at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Nerlens Noel wants to wear No. 5 to signify that five teams bypassed him in the NBA draft. (Associated Press)
Posted: July 24, 2013

Sam Hinkie, general manager of the 76ers, will introduce rookie center Nerlens Noel at 1 p.m. Tuesday's at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Sixers acquired the rights to Noel, the sixth overall pick in the June 27 NBA draft, in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for all-star point guard Jrue Holiday on draft day. The trade became official on July 12.

Noel, a 6-foot-11, 206-pounder who left Kentucky after one season, was a candidate for the first overall pick before slipping to sixth. He won't be ready to play until December at the earliest after suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee.

Before that, Noel was having an outstanding 2012-13 season, averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots while shooting 59 percent from the field. He had a school-record 12 blocked shots against Mississippi last season.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.

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