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Nerlens Noel To Wear No. 5 On Jersey To Remind Him Of Teams Passing On Him During NBA Draft

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Kentucky's Nerlens Noel leaves the stage after being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth pick in the first round of the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York. | AP

By Jose Martinez, Complex Sports

What's in a number? Plenty, if you're Nerlens Noel. According to Noel's family, Nerlens is not going to continue wearing No. 3, like he did as a member of the Kentucky Wildcats and instead, Noel will wear No. 5. In case you're wondering why he chose that number specifically, it's meant to remind the 19-year-old how many teams passed on him in the 2013 NBA Draft. And you thought not getting the No. 1 overall pick would've been enough motivation...

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