Noel elects to have surgery

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel will have surgery on his injured left knee Tuesday, a move that could offer a hint about his future with the Wildcats.

Famed orthopedic surgeon James Andrews will perform the operation to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Scott Mair of University of Kentucky Sports Medicine will observe and coordinate Noel's rehabilitation, expected to take six to eight months.

Noel sustained the season-ending injury on Feb. 12 at Florida and was expected to have the surgery within two to three weeks. Kentucky athletic spokesman DeWayne Peevy said in a release that Noel's recovery timetable in regards to the NBA draft deadline led his family to choose Andrews, believing his NBA connections will provide teams current information on his condition.