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Mike DeCourcy Thinks Very Highly of Nerlens Noel

You could say that a prep basketball player has finally arrived as a national name to watch when he starts getting compared to an NBA player.  Calling someone the next so-and-so is one of the things that makes recruiting fun.  And when it’s a Kentucky target being compared to someone legendary, it’s extra special.  And that’s what brings us to this Mike DeCourcy article on Nerlens Noel.  DeCourcy says the Boston native compares himself to Kevin Garnett and while some have said he reminds them of Marcus Camby, DeCourcy wants to talk about Bill Russell.  Whoa.

NBADraft.net has compared Noel to dynamic forward Antonio McDyess, who has enjoyed a terrific 15-year NBA career. That’s just wrong. McDyess only once averaged more than two blocks per game in an NBA season. He rejected only 39 shots as an Alabama freshman; Noel will swat that many before he’s played a dozen college games.

If we want to be both reticent and accurate, we could put Noel in the category of 2000 college player of the year Kenyon Martin because few big men have gotten off the ground so suddenly. But Martin only blossomed at Cincinnati as a senior. Noel could be a factor for a college team now, yet he’s still a few weeks from beginning his junior year of high school at The Tilton School in New Hampshire.

No, if we really want to get it right–making the proper and not just the safe choice–it’s necessary to go straight to the top and bring in the greatest defensive force in the game’s history.

No player since Russell has controlled the lane as a defender with such a combination of timing and athleticism and without needing physical presence thrown into the equation.

“I watch Bill Russell (film) a lot,” Noel told Sporting News. “Whenever they have specials on him, I’ll be really interested in watching him, what he did in the past. It’s a real good thing. He was a real terrific player.”

Take a deep breath.  Calm down.  And then never ever stop hoping that the 2013 big man chooses Kentucky.  Never!

Article written by Thomas Beisner

24 Comments for Mike DeCourcy Thinks Very Highly of Nerlens Noel



  1. mocha
    11:20 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    his flat top is tremendous.



  2. PayUp
    11:24 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I thought I was watching a 80’s highlight reel with that flat top and short shorts



  3. Not Mike DeCourcey
    11:29 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    A close source to Noel, Jonny Paige, just tweeted this guy is 100% coming to Kentucky and will be giving a verbal commitment sometime next week.

    PS. BTI: I’m still upset about the typo.



  4. Han
    11:34 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Dear Mr. Noel,
    Anthony Davis’s record for blocks in a season will be waiting for you to come break it.

    Sincerely,
    Big Blue Nation



  5. Han
    11:38 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    3) The best thing about those kinds of comments is how easy it would be to link such a tweet, and yet you people never do. Classic.



  6. JEREMY
    11:42 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    All i gotta say is WOW!!!
    Would love to see him in KENTUCKY BLUE!!!



  7. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    11:43 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Highlight tapes can be deceiving.. I watched him yesterday on ESPNU and he had his moments, but did not really stand out to me. His jumpshot is awful.



  8. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    11:46 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    But hell, what do I know? I’m stuck behind a desk doing paperwork, I’m no recruiting expert lol



  9. Scottie Smalls
    11:57 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    High top fade and short shorts…no wonder they called him Bill Russell



  10. MIDDAY
    11:57 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I would pick him first on the playground.



  11. Says Me
    11:58 am July 28, 2011 Permalink

    #7- Think Noel just had an off day yesterday. He looked far more dominating last week. People have mentioned that (prior to yesterday) his team was something like 88-2 for the spring/summer. That’s A LOT of games (enough that I don’t even see how it’s possible, even with the way they often play 2 games a day at AAU tournies), so he’s probably just tired.



  12. Han
    12:05 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    9) A lot of coaches talk about how you can teach someone offense and shooting, but you can’t teach timing or height. An offensive project with great defense is a huge get for most teams.



  13. BigBlueLove
    12:07 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    He will have plenty of time to improve his all around game before he arrives at UK. The Big Blue Nation will greet him with open arms and lots of love.



  14. GODSAZNO
    12:12 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’d compare Noel to Patrick Ewing.



  15. 3 fan
    12:25 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I kinda felt sorry for the white guys in baby blue. I thought they would break down and cry!



  16. TIcket Prices
    12:34 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink


  17. Wildcat 1nsight
    12:38 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    UK alum game? Half the team didnt even come close to graduating haha



  18. KnowYourHistory
    12:39 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    just like in the movie “fletch”. Standing 6’10”, 7’3″ with the flat top, Nerlens Noel!



  19. Arupprunt
    1:51 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Andre Riddick? woohoo another scrawny athlete with ZERO offensive game, this guy is a beast



  20. cornbreadmafiacook
    5:19 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    if he comes to UK, do you think he gets the same whistle from the sec that vanardo got against us when he blocked 10 of our shots before committing his first foul?



  21. tyrus
    5:48 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    wow…pick UK!



  22. Blueneck
    10:46 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    If Andre Riddick and Jamal Mashburn (freshman yr) had a kid together that’s what it would look like.



  23. Mr. Bojangles
    8:54 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Love the look.
    Love the baby hook!



  24. mark emmert
    11:09 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    [email protected] email mark emmert right now