The Philadelphia 76ers announced Wednesday that rookie Nerlens Noel has been cleared for limited on-court work.
Noel suffered a torn ACL in February while playing for Kentucky.
The following is a statement from 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie regarding the status of Noel:
"Since his arrival in Philadelphia, Nerlens' capacity for work both in his rehab and in our weight room has been incredible. Our sports performance and training staff have been extremely complimentary of his efforts thus far during this methodical rehab process.
"After careful consideration and numerous discussions with our medical and performance teams, the consulting physician and rehabilitation staff, and Nerlens' representatives, some of the restrictions on Nerlens have been lifted and he is now able to participate in limited on-court work.
"There are several benchmarks Nerlens still must meet, and during that time we will closely monitor his progress and regularly evaluate his status. Our goal remains the same, which is to give Nerlens every opportunity to ensure a long, productive NBA career."
Noel visited Dr. James Andrews in Florida last week, according to ESPN.com.
"He is doing excellent, and the team is taking good care of him," Andrews told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-11 Noel spent most of the 2012-2013 season as the No. 1 overall prospect, but fell after suffering his ACL tear last winter. Noel was originally drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans but traded on draft night with the sixth pick along with a 2014 unprotected first-round pick to the Sixers.