Nerlens Noel has reclassified and the world is now opened up to brand new possibilities with the class of 2012. It seemed to be that 2012 was just going to be a year in which we waited anxiously for the monster class of 2013, but with this development, the class of 2012 has a chance to go down as one of Cal’s best classes since he arrived in Lexington. Both the new number one player, Noel, and the old number one player, Shabazz Muhammad, are very high on the Cats and scoring both of them in addition to Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley would once again put UK in the most enviable position in the college basketball landscape.
However, I want to pose a question to you. If you could only have one player between Noel and Muhammad, who would you prefer and why? Both players are so different from one another and would fill such specific roles, I’m curious to hear who you think would be the best fit. I’d personally prefer Noel because his arrival would lessen the inevitable loss of Anthony Davis. It’s hard to imagine replacing the greatest shot blocker in school history with someone who may be even better than him.
Like I said, this is simply a hypothetical. Scholarships shouldn’t be a problem next season because of the impending mass exodus for the NBA and the graduation of Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas so it’s possible that we’ll be able to nab both top prospects. Assuming we didn’t, though, who would be your top choice?