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Learn more about Nerlens

Pink shoes. That is all.

With all the hype surrounding Nerlens’ and Shabazz’s decisions tomorrow night, it’s nice to take a moment and read about the people who may become future Kentucky stars. The Boston Globe has an excellent profile of Nerlens Noel today, in which we learn a little bit more about the flat-top feller.

Writer Julian Benbow documents Noel’s decision in February to reclassify to the 2012 class, and the whirlwind recruiting process that’s taken over his life. Noel really shot onto the scene in January after a dominating performance in the Hoophall Classic, and based on the rave reviews he received, decided to reclassify. Since then, Noel’s life has been hectic to say the least, with some AAU coaches likening him to a “lottery ticket” just blowing a wind, with a handful of schools scurrying to pick it up.

The best part about Nerlens? His upside:

What may be most fascinating about him though, is the amount of progress he’s made as a player and the amount of potential still left.

“It’s been a long process,” he said. “I’ve just stayed humble through it, kept working hard, trying to get where I’m at right now. I still don’t think I’m where I need to be at. I’ve just got to keep working hard.”

His shot-blocking is one thing, but he can guard different positions. And where he once was passive offensively, he now puts the ball on the floor, pushes fast breaks, finishes with both hands around the rim, and has developed into a sharp passer.

“Last year, he’s already had uncanny ability as a shot-blocker but he was a little more reluctant of an offensive player,” O’Neil said. “That changed this year; he’s started to assert his will on the offensive end.”

Come on down, Nerlens.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

16 Comments for Learn more about Nerlens

  1. beepthacreep
    11:17 am April 10, 2012 Permalink


  2. Jimi,Garden of Eden
    11:18 am April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Come on Nerlens!

  3. Nothing But Nerlens
    11:24 am April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Fat unibrow chest hair guy has a meme now. Kentucky Karl.

  4. jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj
    11:33 am April 10, 2012 Permalink


  5. bazzdad
    11:42 am April 10, 2012 Permalink

    If Noel comes to UK, the summer pick-up games matchup between AD & NN will be legandary.

  6. Glass Half Empty
    11:45 am April 10, 2012 Permalink

    He’ll look great in a G-Town uniform next year…….

  7. lexslamman
    11:46 am April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Oriakhi Noel and who else? Bennett? Shabazz?

  8. GYERO
    11:51 am April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Did anyone who ordered Championship shirts from the KSR store receive them yet? They took my money over a week ago and I haven’t even got an e-mail saying they were going to ship yet.

  9. BobKYCats
    12:04 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    8: I ordered some stuff from and haven’t gotten an email from them, either.

  10. FlySoup
    12:07 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    when u say “pink shoes. that is all” and then continue on to write an article, it makes you look like an idiot

  11. minton
    12:07 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    #5, will Anthony Davis be included in the summer pick-up games this year? NBA isn’t on strike this year so I don’t think any of the NBA players will be included. I might be wrong though.

  12. bazz
    12:15 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    No one talking much about shabazz, I guess everyone has already gave up on him?????

  13. Axe Cop
    12:16 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    12. Hey you didn’t use enough question marks right there.

    12:30 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    I usually don’t post on here but if you go to Youtube and watch Off to School with Nerlens Noel, Georges Niang and Wayne Selden Part One, at the end of the video they are talking about how they should announce their schools and one of the guys is telling Nerlens he should have “The logo, like UK in the back of his head and then turn around.” I may be reading in to this but could be a sign. Check it out at the 3:15 mark.

  15. brb
    1:40 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Just read something interesting on Facebook. Maybe Nerlens is going to “shock the world” by announcing that he will play pro ball overseas next year.
    Just something to chew on until 7:30 tomorrow.

  16. Caesar is a doog
    5:07 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    He’s not coming to UK. Can we move on?