Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Preview: #3 Nerlens Noel

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#3 Nerlens Noel
6’10″ 228 lbs.
Freshman- Power Forward/Center
Tilton School (MH)
Everett, Mass.

Senior HS Season Stats:
PPG: 12.6
RPG: 7.2
BPG: 3.9

Over the course of the past few seasons, Kentucky has been known as “Point Guard U”. John Calipari and his staff have been able to recruit the top guards in the country, polish them, and send them off to the NBA one year later as an even better player. But, he has done work with forwards as well. From Marcus Camby at UMass to Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis at Kentucky, Coach Cal has made some great players out of these guys. Add Nerlens Noel to that list.

Originally in the class of 2013, Noel was one of the top players nationwide before he reclassified earlier this year. He instantly jumped over Shabazz Muhammad as the top player in the 2012 rankings. Noel had been rumored to be a Syracuse lean for quite some time, until Kentucky came into the picture late. Noel eventually chose Kentucky over Georgetown and Syracuse, and also cemented Kentucky with the top recruiting class, yet again.

Noel is playing in Anthony Davis’ shadow, but doesn’t want to be seen as his replacement. He is replacing the unibrow with the high-top fade as the new fad in town. He can block shots, and can dominate in the post. But he has a game that’s completely his own. Even John Calipari agrees: “He shouldn’t be compared, they’re totally different. They’re not even the same. Nerlens is going to give us a different type of game.”

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