Even though he has reclassified for the 2012 class, that isn’t holding any schools back from getting a second crack at recruiting Nerlens Noel, the now consensus top player in his class, jumping Shabazz Muhammad for the top spot. As of last night, Duke has now made a late push for Noel, who mentioned that he recently spoke to Mike Kryzewski on his recruitment. Noel updated his recruiting journal on ESPN, and said that he plans to take a visit to Syracuse on February 11th, and plans to make visits to other schools as well. “Of course everyone wants to know about my recruitment even more now and I’m gonna clear something up; I don’t really have an “official” list. The list I put out is of the schools that I’m really interested in and schools that I’m gonna take official visits to. Those schools are Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina and Georgetown. I’m visiting Syracuse on Feb. 11, but I’m not sure if that will be an official visit since it’s closer to me. I’ll decide that in the next day or two. I don’t have dates for the other visits. I’ll set those up soon.” Noel has also mentioned that he wants to decide on a school by March 28th, which is the date of the McDonald’s All-American Game. He isn’t on the roster for the game, nor the Jordan Brand Classic, although he is hoping to play in both games, according to ESPN’s Dave Telep.
Former Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight led all scorers with 26 points and seven rebounds tonight, as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 88-80. He might not have had 40 points, but at least he was able to beat the Bucks.
In not-so-surprising headlines, John Calipari announced earlier today that Jon Hood was officially redshirting the 2011-12 season. The junior shooting guard has missed the entire season with a torn ACL from an injury sustained this summer. “I don’t think he’ll play this year, not at this late of date,” Calipari said. “There’s no reason to use up a year of eligibility for that. I’m just now seeing him on the treadmill. I think he’s a ways away.”