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Nerlens Noel reclassifying to class of 2012

Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:07 pm

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been a possibility for awhile, but it became official on Wednesday night: Nerlens Noel is reclassifying to the class of 2012.

Noel, a 6-foot-10 center from Tilton (N.H.), has been a member of the class of 2013, but he is heading back to his original graduating class, according to Dave Telep of

Noel told Telep he would take his first official visit the weekend of February 11, to Syracuse. He also said Providence, Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, Georgetown and North Carolina are in the mix.

“I’m ready to do it,” Noel told “It’s a short window of time to pick a school.”

Noel will become the No. 1 player in’s class of 2012 rankings, ahead of Shabazz Muhammad. He is the best shot-blocker not currently in the NBA, and one of the best to pass through the high school ranks in years. Moreover, his offense is rapidly improving and his dexterity is impressive.

Syracuse and Kentucky have long been considered the favorites to land Noel, and we expect them to battle it out in the coming months. 


Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:42 pm

Nerlens Noel reclassifying to class of 2012

The 'dark horse' to sign Noel is Providence.  New Coach Ed Cooley is
doing a fantastic job of developing a relationship with some very
highly ranked high school players.  He already has 2 top-50 players
in the fold for next season.  His preferred style is run and press-perfect
place to have an awesome shot blocker waiting at the end of the press.
Providence was once one of the preeminent programs in the country with
two final four appearences and a host of All Americans.  Ed Cooley may be just
the man to take them back and if he lands Nerlens Noel watch out.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:17 pm

Nerlens Noel reclassifying to class of 2012

Hard to think of a Syracuse frontcourt with Fab, Nerlens, Rakeem Christmas and DaJuan Coleman. I do think he'll end up at Kentucky though. Remember talking to him in Morgantown a few weeks back and he told us he was "85 percent sure" he was staying in 2013. Shows just how quickly things can change when it comes to recruiting.

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