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A Different Side of Nerlens Noel

(h/t Boston Herald)

The Boston Herald put out a great article that showcases a different side of Nerlens Noel, a side that may be overshadowed by some of the stories, rumors and questions about his reclassification and eligibility. Add George Wright-Easy to the list of names associated with Nerlens Noel. But this story plays out a little differently from some of the others you may have heard. Wright-Easy is a 28 year-old mentor who serves children through the New England Community Services– a Dorchester-based nonprofit organization. Noel has been spending some time during his final weeks at home before heading to Lexington helping out and volunteering with the organization.

So where does he go on one of the last nights before his world changes, before he leaves for the University of Kentucky next month and presumably the NBA draft 10 months later? To the movie theatre to see the latest installment of the “Spiderman” series with kids Wright-Easy mentors.

Wright-Easy insists this is the real Noel. A side that has been overshadowed amid reports of the NCAA investigations and news stories on the involvement of shady characters in the 18 year-old’s life.

“This is what we do. He’s not really out there crazy, doing all kinds of nonsense,” Wright-Easy said. “What No. 1 player in the country do you know that’s giving back to kids like this?”

The article goes on to describe Noel as an outgoing and charismatic kid, who has also been spending time this summer working at various local basketball camps. Noel embraces his stature as a role model in the area for young kids who look up to him.

“I’m just helping mentor these kids, giving them someone to look up to, being a role model,” Noel said. “I give them advice, tips. Growing up in the inner-city, I know how it is and I just try to give these kids the best guidance I can.”

Noel and Wright-Easy do not avoid questions about some of the issues that have come up in the past few months regarding his eligibility. Both talk about the process of being a top recruit and how to manage those who are kept in the inner-circle.

Noel also discusses his excitement for the future in Lexington. “I know it’s going to be crazy.” Come join the madness, Nerlens.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

12 Comments for A Different Side of Nerlens Noel

  1. Chef
    5:50 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Class Act right there. These guys Cal gets now are so multi-dimensional that not only are they elite players, but good people. We see how some NCAA/high school kids get when they are spoiled and selfish, it is an HONOR to be associated with these types of individuals with character. GO UK!!!

  2. Patrick_Wren
    5:51 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Come on big fella…..typical “Good Citizen” Coach Cal recruits…. He will be an awesome WILDCAT!

  3. UL fan says
    5:59 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    FOUL!!!! he can’t play D for ish. he had to foul the little kid


  4. Bobby Knight
    6:26 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    This article cant be correct. He committed to Kentucky, therefore he must be a stupid thug who took money to go there, won’t go to class, and only cares about himself. I mean, look at his hair? I would have made him shave his head before I even offered him.

  5. capt
    6:44 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Speaking of Chris Walker and national championships…..does he not realize that Billy Donovan has had his glory days, and is now CONTENT to just get into the tournament and continue getting his salary? Billy Donovan does not care anymore. Just watch him on the sideline.

  6. Hal
    6:57 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    5-you don’t actually believe what you typed, do you???

  7. Perhaps He Does
    7:15 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    #6-I don’t think he would have typed it if he didn’t believe. There may be some hyperbole in his words, but Florida’s days of glory are likely long gone.

  8. MtnCat
    7:25 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Billy D hasn’t forgot how to do it or what it takes. He’s too young to mail it in.

  9. Gladwedidntgethim
    7:30 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Look no further than this years elight eight matchup between Louisville and Florida; billy seemed like he couldn’t care less and basically gave that game away

  10. MtnCat
    7:37 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens Noel is a giver or Cal wouldn’t have bothered. An very important part of being the Gold Standard.

  11. Will S
    11:12 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll be more interested once he is declared academically eligible and is on campus practicing with UK. Until then, he’s just a high school kid with tons of game.

  12. deepenwide
    3:34 am July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky fans wear more blinders than their horses do. Coach Cal is a cheater and if I were him I would be shaking in my boots after the NCAA came down on PSU today. These one and done players are being paid and most are not academically eligible. Wait and see.