Fresh off his trip to New Orleans for the All-American Championship, Nerlens Noel only had eyes for the Cats in his latest ESPN diary.
Noel said Kentucky “definitely” had the most fans in NOLA and he was by the Big Blue Nation:
“Now of course that had a lot to do with the fact that they were playing there, but I’m always just shocked at how dedicated Kentucky fans are. One man asked me if I wanted to take his wife home with me, ha ha. I couldn’t believe it. I was like “Nah, I’m good,” but that’s just how insane the fans were down there. Great atmosphere.”
Noel also praised Anthony Davis, a player to whom he is often compared. He said he spoke to Davis while in New Orleans, and liked what he said about the Cats:
“Just seeing him have all the success that he’s had this year definitely makes me think a lot about what I could be doing there. That’s really appealing to me.
His IQ on the court is crazy. I talked to him a lot while I was down there and he told me all about how much better he’d gotten since he got there. He told me that I’d have to be ready when I got there because it was going to be a lot of hard work.
I’d definitely say it makes me think about Kentucky more, and with them winning with all of those freshmen was very attractive. Just seeing that it doesn’t matter how young you are, you can win a national title.
I talked to (Kentucky assistant) coach Orlando (Antigua) after they won and he was really happy, of course. He said that all he could think about was me being a part of something like that next season.
I wouldn’t say that all of that stuff gives Kentucky an advantage though. It’s just something I think about a lot.”
Noel goes on to say that he would love to play with Shabazzz Muhammad, but they haven’t talked about playing together…yet (okay, I added that last part). Both will announce their decisions one week from today during a special on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m.