O'Neil: It's about a kid and a torn-up knee

A little before 2 p.m. ET, Kentucky officially announced what everyone suspected late on Tuesday night: Nerlens Noel is done for the season, his freshman year and likely his entire college career cut short by a torn ACL.

Within about three minutes of the news, everyone did what we do these days.

We projected and analyzed. What does it mean for Kentucky and the Wildcats' NCAA chances? What does it mean for the NBA and its one-and-done rule?

Fair questions, both.

But how about this one: What does it mean for Nerlens Noel? You know, the person, not the commodity?

He's 18.

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