Nerlens Noel still hasn’t been cleared to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, according to Adam Zagoria. A “source” told SNY.tv that Nerlens is cleared academically, but the NCAA is still looking into amateurism issues surrounding his recruitment. There are questions around how he paid for some of the unofficial visits he took before signing with UK.
Since Noel is already participating in team activities, he falls under the 45-day window, which allows student-athletes to practice, but not compete, for 45 days while their amateur status is investigated.
“He’s clear on the academic side,” Zagoria’s source said. “But basically if an incoming prospect clears on the academic side but is delayed in full clearance on the amateurism side, they have a 45-day grace period to practice.”
“Will it be resolved by Midnight Madnes?” the source added. “Or even by the season opener? No one knows at this point. UK is downplaying it publicly but I’m sure they’re a bit concerned.”