"Braxton, why don't you and your mom come join me in just a few days to watch my team play the Miami Heat," Noel said on the video. "Be my guest."
Upthegrove and his mother flew to Philadelphia on Thursday. They have been hanging out with the 6-foot-11, 228-pounder, who has been sidelined since a knee injury in February when he was a Wildcat, and Noel has been beating Braxton in video games.
"We have been playing video games, going out to eat and playing basketball," said Upthegrove, a diehard Miami Heat fan.
Through Make-A-Wish America, the Upthegroves had hoped to meet Heat forward LeBron James and attend a game in Miami. But after that fell through, Noel contacted the family and offered to bring Upthegrove to the Sixers' game against the Heat.
"This has been more than we ever dreamed of," Michelle said. "He has spent so much time with him. He has been personable. He has been a fabulous person. He's truly a man of character."
Acts of kindness are common for Noel.
While at Kentucky, he made frequent visits to the Kentucky Children's Hospital and several Lexington-area nursing homes. He even had a special guest with him at the Kentucky Derby in May: Kelly Melton, a 7-year-old boy battling leukemia.
His only regret is that his acts of kindness have been made public.
"I mean I'm not really with the glitz and glamour," he said. "I don't do it to be the lead story on ESPN. I'm doing it from the kindness of my heart.
"I want to be able to have that feeling that I'm definitely doing something good with my celebrity status, because that's the main thing."