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Nerlens Noel Addresses Reporters

This afternoon at the team’s practice facility, Nerlens Noel met with the media to discuss a number of topics related to his 2013-14 season with the Sixers. Here’s what he had to say (highlights transcribed below):

What’s this year been like for you, Nerlens?

“This year’s been great. I mean I’ve been sidelined, obviously, I’ve learned a lot from Coach Brown, and some of the veteran guys who’ve been traded as well, and Thaddeus [Young]. You know I’ve really been taking it all in and it’s a great learning experience for me.”

How encouraged are you by your progress?

“I’m very encouraged. Through the past year since I had my injury, I’ve pushed myself through thick and thin. I’ve some struggles, and I’ve definitely just stayed with it. I definitely feel I’ve worked my butt off to get to where I am now, and I definitely feel confident about increasing my vertical leap and just building up my body through this past year.”

In what areas do you think you’ve improved the most this year?

“I most definitely think getting stronger – I’ve been in the weight room consistently. My shot. Coach Brown has put a lot of work in with me before and after games, and that’s something I’m very appreciative of – a head coach in the NBA giving that time towards me as just a rookie and helping me work on my game.”

Are you looking forward to getting back on the court this summer?

“Oh yeah, definitely. It’s going to be a great summer, I feel, and I’m definitely going to put a lot of work in this summer to bring my game along. Just keep working and working. I’ve missed [playing with former AAU teammate Michael Carter-Williams].”

Where are you from a physical standpoint? 

“I’ve increased my vertical leap over three inches from before I got hurt. My body feels great, I’m a lot stronger now, and I’m moving very well. I definitely have a lot of confidence.”

Do you feel like having sat out will make you a better player?

“Definitely with my maturity. It’s tough for a 19-year-old just to sit for his first season in the NBA on the sideline. I definitely feel it’s brought me a long way a person and a player. You know, you definitely don’t take things for granted – playing the game of basketball. Every time I step on that court, I’m going to give it everything I have and just play my heart out, and that’s something I’ll never take for granted.”