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No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel talks recruitment

Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:14 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 3:20 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Nerlens Noel's recruitment has heated up since he reclassified to 2012. (

Since Nerlens Noel announced a few weeks ago that he was reclassifying to the class of 2012, he’s been the most talked-about recruit in the country.

Noel, a 6-foot-10 Massachusetts native who plays at Tilton (N.H.), immediately moved to the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Moreover, the schools pursuing him have really turned up the heat.

“Recruiting has gone crazy all of a sudden,” Noel told Jeff Goodman on SiriusXM’s Inside College Basketball on Thursday afternoon. “I just need to plan out some visits to get out to all these schools. Keep talking to coaches, build better relationships with them.”

Noel is currently considering Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Florida, Georgetown and Connecticut. He later tweeted that Providence was also on his list, but did not mention them during the interview with Goodman.

He visited Syracuse this past weekend for the Orange’s win over Connecticut, and he will trip to Kentucky this coming weekend.

“I’m talking to a few more coaches to get down to their campuses during vacation,” Noel said.

Noel is the best shot-blocker in the country, and would immediately be the best in the college game too. He has tremendous dexterity defensively, able to cover a lot of ground and alter shots with either hand. Noel’s offensive is constantly getting better, and he is developing post moves and is taking defenders off the dribble as well.

He would dominate defensively wherever he ends up.

“Just a good program where I can go and play and be comfortable with the coaching staff, the whole program,” Noel said. “I know I can develop as long as I’m there, as a player and a person.”

Noel maintains that he is wide open among the six schools he mentioned, and he is still a long way from making a decision.

“I don’t really have a timeframe,” Noel said on the show. “I just want to make sure I get in all my visits to these schools. However long that takes.”


Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:56 pm

No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel talks recruitment

Good lord, you tellin' me B.C. couldn't even get on this kid's list? At all?
It's not like MA. regularly cranks out athletic 6'10" shot blockers.
Following this years 9 win season, there's a possibility Coach Donahue is unaware this guy exists.

Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:59 pm

No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel talks recruitment

Open your eyes and you can see the one and done`s leave millionaires.I don`t beleive you call that preying on young men.

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:31 am

No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel talks recruitment

ok show me these elite schools with lower grad rates then...U forget 2 years ago when all 5 starters left before graduating??? u need a wake up cal there bud or maybe just watching some college BBall would help...and FYI u say no one likes cal because he keeps winning? well what has he won a SEC Championship...WOW CONGRATS, with all that talent the last three years he should have 2 titles, but unfortunatley he is not a good coach, he prays on young stupid African Americans and users there talents to HIS coach recruits more one and done's and no coach graduates less players than Calipari

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:51 pm

No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel talks recruitment

You're a fool if you think Noel will be graduating from anywhere before he turns pro, whether he heads to Kentucky or not.  You can badmouth UK and Calipari, but there are plenty of elite programs with LOWER grad rates than UK that I'm sure you have no problem with.  You either hate Calipari or you just hate UK because they win so darn much.

Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:23 pm

No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel talks recruitment

Yeah, if you don't want to attend class, get an education and only stay 1year. Yhem Kentucky is definitely the school to attend. There are no academic standards and as long as Calipari is the coach, there never will be.

Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:38 pm

No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel talks recruitment

He could follow Davis..

Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:48 pm

No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel talks recruitment

AD has set the template for Nerlens to follow at UK.

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