Brett Brown says that this year on the sidelines has still provided benefits for Nerlens Noel as he recovers from his ACL surgery that took place in March of 2013. He suffered his injury on Feb. 12 of that year while playing for the University of Kentucky.
The 76ers coach says Noel has improved in so many areas, especially getting stronger, which he will have to do to in order to defend NBA centers.
“He is going to take his shirt off in the summer leagues and the people from Kentucky are going to say, ‘wow’ because his body has changed,” Brown said. “The work he has put in the weight room is visual.”
The 6-foot-11 Noel says he has improved his vertical leap by three inches. He has also worked diligently on his shooting, which was and still is considered the weakest part of his game. Brown has been his main tutor with hour after hour of instruction. The Sixers coach says that even when Noel returns to the court, his shooting will remain an ongoing work in progress.