Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel, who is recovering from a torn ACL, has officially announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-10 freshman sustained a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 12.

Noel said in a statement released by the university that he's loved his time with the Wildcats but feels he's "ready to take the next step to the NBA."

Despite his injury, many expect him to be a possible No. 1 pick.