Friday, April 8, 2011

Nerlens Noel talks recruiting, his game, and more

By: Kevin Duffy

He has the old school flat top. He has a "real good" snapback game. Now the class of 2013 big man, Nerlens Noel, has a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

On each major recruiting website, he is among the top ten players in the country.

"I'm very appreciative and humble about the scholarship and will keep working",says Noel after Coach Calipari came to see him play at open gym and discussed the opportunity to play for him at Kentucky.

“Kentucky is a good school,” he stated. “They have pros that go in and out and are consistently running with a deep team in the tournament.”

The Tilton School(MA) star was originally a member of the 2012 class until an injury made him sit out for a long period of time last year. He is being coveted by several other teams already, including Syracuse, Florida, Pittsburgh, Providence and UConn who have all offered. "I plan to develop in college as long as that is and then be in the NBA and be successful", added Noel.

However he is not all too worried about recruiting at the moment, he will make a list in the fall and schedule some visits by the summer. This summer he will also attend the Amare Stoudemire camp and the LeBron James camp.

Noel is one of the top defensive players in the 2013 class, if not the country. He says his best characteristics that he brings to a team are that he is,"humble, hardworking, respectful, loyal, and a good leader".

Nerlens who compares his game to that of Kevin Garnett is very hardworking and determined like KG because of his "intensity,will to win, and his game.". Many may be shocked that a sophomore dares to compare himself to the Boston Celtics forward but it really isn't out of stretch.

Nevertheless the 6'10 center knows he still has a lot to work on. He says,"I think I have to improve my strength. I'm currently doing that now by hitting the gym a lot. I also have to improve my offensive and outside game"

ESPN says, "He may already be in the best shot-blocker in the country with absolutely uncanny physical gifts and defensive instincts. With a rapidly expanding offensive game, and solid work ethic and good court demeanor, the sky is absolutely the limit" about this shot blocking machine. Keep notice of this outstanding player.

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