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Jul 24, 2012 6:48 PM by Alan Cutler

Nerlens Noel Deals With Rumors

Nerlens Noel wasn't born with a silver spoon.

The rumors were out there that the future UK star, whose father is a cab driver, and his mother who has worked cleaning jobs at hospitals, was driving both a BMW convertible and a Lincoln Navigator.

"That's the funniest part about it," George Wright-Easy, a friend who has known the 6-foot-10 inch shot blocker since grade school, told the Boston Herald. "He's never even been in a Navigator. The only one who drives a BMW is me. Next thing you know, it just takes off. It's crazy."

I think I'm a smart guy," Noel said. "I know right from wrong. It's been successful for me. I just hope to build on that and keep taking in good advice and make decisions for myself and be my own man."

When former UK star Anthony Davis first moved to Lexington, he thought he was ready for the crazy True Blue fans. A few months later, he couldn't believe how wild it was playing for UK.

"I know it's going to be crazy," said Noel, who has more than 56,000 Twitter followers. "I know there's a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure that comes along with it, but I chose that because I want to be the best that I can be - and I play my best under pressure. That's the way to become a great player."

Noel is not only working on his game, but is trying to add weight and strength to his 215-pound frame. Many have been predicting he will be the first player selected in next years NBA draft.

"I think the future holds great things, but I've got to work hard," Noel said. "Nothing is going to be easy. As long as my work ethic is always staying high, I think I can achieve a lot by the time I'm done playing basketball."

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