By now, most NBA fans know that Noel was expected to go first in the draft. But he dropped to sixth after suffering a season-ending tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his only season at Kentucky.
Noel isn't expected to play until December at the earliest. The 19-year-old said Sixers fans will find out that he's a hard worker once he hits the court.
"I was raised by my mom [Dorcina], you know, just a real hardworking lady," he said, "and I took after her work ethic."
Noel said other family members also shaped him with their values.
"So I'm just a hard-nosed kid," he said.
He averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.4 blocked shots while shooting 59 percent from the field in 24 games. He had a school-record 12 blocks against Mississippi.
Free agency. So far, the Sixers have been quiet during the free-agency period. General manager Sam Hinkie said they will be more active in August.
"I have been telling agents around the league that we are more likely to [acquire] players then," he said. "But we are active on a bunch of fronts.
"I don't have anyone in particular in mind that I would announce now. If I did, someone might sign him before we did."
The Sixers also have yet to invite undrafted rookie free agents to training camp.
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