Kentucky center-forward Nerlens Noel has been considered by many as the favorite to be the first overall pick in the June 27 NBA draft.

His draft prospects have remained at or near the top despite having undergone surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee on March 12.

The Cleveland Cavaliers own the first pick in the draft, and they certainly have been interested in Noel. Plain Dealer Cavaliers beat writer Mary Schmitt Boyer reported on July 11 that, according to a source, Noel is scheduled to meet with the Cavs on Thursday.

About an hour into an ESPN podcast with Ryan Russillo and Bill Simmons, the discussion turns to Noel.

Kentucky Sports Radio reports on the podcast, including this excerpt from it:

"I guess his handlers are looking for something here. They have him, I don't know if it's brainwashed or scared, but they've attached themselves to him. Maybe they don't even want him signed with an agent and they're just trying to figure out the best deal for themselves. So you factor in that he's hurt, he had this growth plate thing that happened to him when he was a sophomore in high school and he's not exactly...you know, this isn't Anthony Davis. In Anthony Davis, you saw a wide set of skills. I'm wondering if he'll even go #1 now. I heard Washington say if he's on the board at #3 that they won't even take him. So, I imagine this stuff will get out more and more, because these agents are unbelievably frustrated. It's kind of sad, because I don't really think it's even on Noel. So many times we hear about these guys that are involved in the process that make it far more difficult for the player to pursue his career when they're supposed to be the ones that are helping him when they're really just helping themselves."