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Nerlens Noel’s Kentucky Derby ‘little buddy’
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 7, 2013 @ 2:13 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Antoinette Konz, USA TODAY Sports
Former Kentucky basketball player Nerlens Noel, who could be the first pick in next month’s NBA draft, was at the Kentucky Derby Saturday with well-dressed friend Kelly Melton on the red carpet.
Noel said Kelly, 7, has leukemia and just got out of the hospital.
“I’ve known him for a while, and I thought this would be a great opportunity for him, to come see the Kentucky Derby with me,” Noel said.
The two walked the entire red carpet together at the Kentucky Derby, stopping to pose for pictures and interviews.
Noel said he met Kelly during a visit to a children’s hospital.
“I really developed a good connection with him and I’ve tried to involve him in a lot of things,” he said. “He’s my little buddy.”
Konz also writes for the Courier-Journal, a Gannett asset.
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