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Nerlens opens up about his decision

With his Letter of Intent safely tucked away in Coach Cal’s office, Nerlens Noel is ready to talk about being a Cat. In his latest ESPN diary, Nerlens opens up about the decision, which he says he is “definitely happy with,” and his goals for the upcoming season. First, about that hair…get used to it, because the UK logo isn’t going anywhere.

I know y’all liked the “UK” that I got cut into my head, right? I had been thinking about doing something big leading up to the decision, and that’s what I came up with. James McDonald from VIP Barbershop in Charlotte, N.C., hooked me up while I was in town for the Jordan Brand Classic.

I’ve decided to keep the “UK” throughout the college season. So it’s not going anywhere.

Hang on, give me a minute to recover from that awesomeness…

…okay, I’m good. Noel also says that he’s spoken to Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and his future teammate Ryan Harrow since committing, and he plans to arrive on campus in June or July. His goals for next season? He’s got a lot:

My goals for next year are to win a national title first and foremost.

Then I want to beat Anthony Davis’ shot-block record, and I want to win National Player of the Year. I definitely plan to put the work in to accomplish those goals.

He’s also hard at work at recruiting Anthony Bennett to join him in Lexington:

I’m trying to get Anthony Bennett. I’m not even sure where he’s at in his recruitment, but I think I can probably get it done. I’d say I have a little higher than a 50 percent chance of getting it done.

Go read the entry in full. It’s definitely worth it.

I love this kid.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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27 Comments for Nerlens opens up about his decision

  1. Common Sense
    2:01 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    wow, im first…but anyways we better get bennett!!!!

  2. macsauce13
    2:14 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t bash me, this isn’t a hate post. But he has a HUGE ego. I really hope he doesn’t turn into a Daniel Orton type players who never really meshes with the team/coach/fans.

  3. RYNO
    2:21 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    2) Why? Because he wants to beat AD’s shot block record, win NPOY, and plans to put in the work to get accomplish those goals?

    Doesn’t sound like a huge ego to me. Sounds like he’s set very high, yet realistic goals and he’s prepared to dedicate himself to accomplishing them.

  4. Southern Illinois Cat Fan
    2:22 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    #2 Don’t you think you might have a little bit of an ego if you were number 1 in the nation at anything in your highschool class? I think HUGE is overplaying it too by the way. He said his goal is to win a national championship first and foremost, so, considering that, I don’t care if he slaughters pigs and drinks their blood, NC #9 is what I’m wanting next.

  5. RYNO
    2:23 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    2) Davis just proved that all those things are possible for a freshman of his caliber, and I’m certain that Cal sold Noel on being “the next Anthony Davis”.

  6. kywildcat
    2:25 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    Wow thats cool uk will get free advertising.

  7. mocha
    2:28 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    question on ncaabb page of Do you expect Kentucky to contend for the NCAA tournament title next season? go vote BBN, currently tied between yes and no.

  8. SexnNursinHomes
    2:29 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    2- I disagree. I want our big man to have as much ego as possible. Even if that means flexing in front of the camera while burning down a couch with the 3 goggles. I want to rip the head off any penetrator that comes in that lane. I think you want Noel to be a pot smoking hippie, well, that ain’t happening.

  9. mdd34
    2:32 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    It’s funny how other fans and teams probably breath a sigh of relief every year when all of our biggest stars declare for the draft… only for us to replace them with more stars.

  10. Really?
    2:32 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    #8…rip the head off any penetrator? That couldn’t have been said any better.

  11. SexnNursinHomes
    2:34 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    10- haha, I just caught that.

  12. ABC
    2:41 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    He might have a bit of an ego, but so does our coach, a lot of our players, and a lot of fan base. I mean that in the best possible way. There’s nothing wrong with confidence and ambition so long as you back it up with hard work and execution. I look forward to Cal and this program giving Noel and the rest of the recruits that opportunity.

  13. Tim
    2:48 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    The great players have great egos! Name me a great player that does not.

  14. UofLOL Fan
    2:50 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    Peyton Sive is better than John Wall and he doesn’t have an ego.

  15. Southern Illinois Cat Fan
    2:53 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    #14 If I could reach through my screen and punch you right now I would! You don’t even know how to spell your boys name.

  16. crazycatfan
    2:54 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    That’s not an ego … that’s confidence!!! Is NOEL going to be at Keeneland tomorrow???????????

  17. kywildcat
    2:57 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    Poor ole u of l fans, such high hopes for next year

  18. Cats
    2:58 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    I dont see him as having an ego. I get the feeling he is a really excited kid who is setting a high goal for himself. He didnt say i am gonna do this, he said i want to. I cant help but feel some of this ego talk is culture driven coming from our good ole boys

  19. Murphy
    3:24 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone notice he said he was going to keep it for THE college season. Doesn’t seem to even be considering a second season. I’ll take him as long as I can get him but I would like, at least, the allusion that he might hang around ala MKG.

    3:29 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    #2….my thoughts exactly…..but I know Cal can deal with it.

  21. UK Freshmen
    3:52 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    Humble llittle feller, ain’t he?

  22. Bob Loblaw
    3:54 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    If he achieves Goals # 2 and 3, it will most likely mean that #1 will happen also.

  23. uk3k
    3:55 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    @14 Siva’s dad doesn’t even buy that.

  24. WestWorld
    3:59 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    #2 is waaayyy off base with his assumption.

  25. Rae
    7:44 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    13. I might have to say Anthony Davis on that one. Sure, he was confident and had the necessary Kentucky swagger, but he was also very unassuming for a #1 pick. He did what was best for his team. He was actually kind of quiet and had nothing but the best to say about his brothers and even his opponents. He didn’t seem all that obsessed with the awards as long as he cut down the nets, and he kept attributing everything to his teammates. So yeah, I’d have to say that as far as egos go, his on an individual level barely existed.

  26. catfan
    8:47 pm April 20, 2012 Permalink

    SnNH that was funny as shiz. LOL

  27. JoeDerringer
    9:59 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    People that do not know Nerlens don’t understand how humble and modest this guy is. He, much like Anthony Davis, is a team player with high goals and the talent and work ethic to achieve them. He is truly a fine young man without any ego problem.