Kentucky let the media have at former center Nerlens Noel for an extensive interview session.

The 6-foot-10, 228-pound Everett, Mass. native talks how the recovery from the torn ACL that ended his college career back on February 12th is going. He also give his thoughts on the recent tragedy in Boston and talks about his stock in the NBA draft, which he recently declared for.

Here's a transcript of what he had to to say in the session courtesy of the Wildcats' sports information department.



On his knee injury recovery ...

"The knee is doing good. I have been working hard in rehab. My physical therapist has been telling me I am ahead of schedule and I'm coming along really well."

On interacting with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews ... "He (told) me when I had the surgery that it went very well. He's told me to make sure I take things slow and stay focused on physical therapy. That's the key thing."

On being patient with his recovery ...

"It is hard to be patient especially during the season. Just seeing my teammates out there playing and wishing I was out there playing with them. There's not much you can do except stay focused on physical therapy and give it 100 percent."

On his decision to declare for the NBA Draft ...

"There was a consideration about coming back, but anybody that gets injured is probably going to have the consideration and think about it. I sat there with my family and saw the extent of my injury. I thought it wasn't going to affect me in the draft too much. I've definitely been tackling the rehab. My decision with my family was probably the best decision for me."

On reasons for considering returning to UK for his sophomore season ...

"The Big Blue Nation. I loved playing here. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Great fans, a great atmosphere and playing in Rupp Arena felt like a once in a lifetime thing. I will never get to do that again. It was a hard decision. I love the Big Blue Nation, I love Coach Cal. That was one of the best things to do here."

On the incoming UK basketball freshman class ...

"I played with half of those guys when I was in their class before I was classified up. I know how good they are. They are really good, they're really good kids. That would have been a really special team if I had stayed. Those are great kids though. They're going to have a great team next year. Even Alex (Poythress) and Willie (Cauley-Stein) coming back is going to give them good leadership just like Terrence Jones and Doran Lamb did (in 2011-12). Those were the key players they needed to win that championship. I feel they will be very good next year."

On paying attention to NBA mock drafts ...

"I don't pay attention to those at all. I just stay focused on my physical therapy. I try to keep my mind right."

On what it would mean to be the No. 1 draft pick ...

"It would be a dream come true being the first pick in the NBA Draft. That's something you dream about when you're a kid. I would be very blessed to be in that position."

On his thoughts the days after his injury and its effect on his draft status ...

"When I heard about my injury a lot goes through your head. When it first happens you don't know what the injury is. You don't know if you will ever play basketball or whether you'll be playing a month from now. When I heard what the injury was I knew I'd get back on the court as fast as I could and get back to what I love doing."

On what he's hearing from the NBA about his possible draft position ...

"I don't hear anything. That isn't a priority to listen to what they say. I'm my own player, and I just have to worry about getting better, getting stronger, getting my leg stronger and getting right back on that court."