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Nerlens Noel's Amazing Flattop Is Inspired by Fresh Prince of Bel Air

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 22:  Nerlens Noel #3 of the Ketnucky Wildcats celebrates during the game against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Rupp Arena on December 22, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2016

Many things remain intriguing about Nerlens Noel as the NBA draft nears: his knee, weight, athleticism, game-changing defense and, of course, that beautiful, high-top fade.

As the fade comes back into style around the NBA, and with younger folks in general, it makes sense that we would eventually hear where the hairstyle comes from: early-'90s Will Smith.

That's what Noel says about his iconic 'do in an interview via NBC Sports prior to his workout with the Washington Wizards:

It’s special to me. Growing up, I watched Fresh Prince of Bel Air every night before I went to bed, so I’m gonna keep it.

Hopefully this is a trend that continues: kids coming up through the channels emulating their favorite sitcom characters over the years.

Perhaps we can get a kid coming up through college in a few years with a shaved head along with two stray strands sitting on top to look like Homer Simpson.

Or maybe some time into the future we can get a few dapper dudes coming through looking like Don Draper. Actually, I suppose we already do have Nick Collison.

It's just one of the few questions answered about Noel as they continue to pile up leading up to next week's draft.

In the coming week we should learn a lot more about his knee, his ability to jump, his weight and eventually who is going to end up drafting him.

Hopefully everything's fine so we can see that flattop bopping around the league until it turns grey, or until it falls out and he starts looking like World B. Free.

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