Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel misses a dunk and falls during a pickup game (VIDEO)

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It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And if the injured party happens to be one of the nation’s best freshmen, a season can be derailed before it even begins.

Luckily for Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel and the fans that make up Big Blue Nation, there’s no need for concern following his fall (on a missed dunk) during a pickup game on Thursday night.

It’s become a tradition of sorts in the John Calipari era for players to take on some of the folks camping out for tickets to “Big Blue Madness” and the five-star players usually win in convincing fashion.

But after this scare, one has to wonder if Calipari decides to put the kibosh on the games with the fans for the time being.

h/t Cats Illustrated

More videos of some of the Wildcats taking on their fans can be found here.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.