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Kentucky coach 'sick' with nerves ahead of NBA draft

John Calipari is feeling anxious ahead of the draft (©GettyImages)
John Calipari is feeling anxious ahead of the draft (©GettyImages).

The University of Kentucky’s head coach John Calipari has said that he is more nervous ahead of tonight's draft than he is for a championship game.

 Kentucky starlet Nerlens Noel is expected to be selected as a first-round draft pick, which will make him the fourth player to be drafted first since Calipari took over as Wildcat head coach in 2009.

But, the nerves in waiting to find out if the Kentucky star will be picked leave Calipari feeling ‘sick’, he told USA Today Sports.

He said: “I don't care if it's Anthony Davis, John Wall or Derrick Rose [former first picks from Kentucky], you really don't know when they're going to get picked until you hear their name.

“It's a sick feeling. I don't even get that type of ill feeling before the national championship game."

The 54-year-old coach added that seeing players under his stewardship get into the NBA is the best part of his job.

"There's no better feeling as a coach than getting to see a family like Nerlens' family celebrate this moment with him, wherever he goes," Calipari said. "His mother immigrated from Haiti and worked her butt off to get him there."

Noel is a reported target for the Cleveland Cavaliers and will find out tonight whether he has done enough to secure a contract with the club. 

 

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