By James Schrader
Kentucky coach John Calipari is a master at enabling his freshman stars to play at their highest levels. Year after year, Calipari effectively eliminates any learning curve a young player might have, helping players like Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist look like savvy veterans from day one. Critics question his ability to bring his players up to speed each pre-season, but Calipari has yet to disappoint. This season is no different. Flat-top shot-swatter Nerlens Noel is the crown jewel of the latest Kentucky recruiting class and has recently garnered some of the sharpest criticism of any Calipari freshman. Noel played in the Adidas Nation counselors game and according to witnesses, failed to live up to his billing as the number one player.