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The Pre-Season Praise Continues for Noel



ESPN’s Top 10 Thursday list this week took a look at the projected Top 10 Instant Impact Freshmen heading into the 2012 men’s basketball season. Nerlens Noel, the top rated high school prospect for the 2012 class, topped the list. The Top 10 list did not include any other Kentucky commitments. In fact, no team was represented more than once on the list.


Kentucky, UCLA, Syracuse, Arizona, Baylor, Michigan State, Memphis, Wisconsin, North Carolina and N.C. State each had one incoming freshmen on the list. ESPN had this to say about Nerlens Noel, their top instant impact freshman:


1. Nerlens Noel (Kentucky, center): I watched the top recruit in the 2012 class compete in the Peach Jam tournament last summer. Wow. With the Wildcats, he’ll fill the defensive void left by Anthony Davis’ departure. He’s an amazing shot blocker and interior defender. He’s raw on offense, but Davis needed time to develop on that end of the floor, too. John Calipari and his staff will turn Noel into a national player of the year candidate. He’s that good.


National Player of the Year Candidate? That has a nice ring to it.


Shabazz Muhammad, who had Kentucky¬†on his final short list, also made the list coming in at #2. One interesting note: the list includes only one point guard (Marcus Paige, a UNC commit at #9). Calipari’s decision to reel in Ryan Harrow when he did appears even more advantageous now. To view the entire list of ESPN’s Myron Medcalf’s Instant Impact Freshmen, go here.



Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

12 Comments for The Pre-Season Praise Continues for Noel

  1. DeFunk
    2:09 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink


  2. FloydtheBarber
    2:10 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink


  3. BigBlue
    2:31 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t wait for basketball season…wish there was a way to skip football and get right to the season. If we can pick up Montrezl we will be RELOADED. Looking great as it is but Harrell would be the last piece in our puzzle for next season!

  4. Fishman
    2:33 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    From what i’m hearing, it’s gonna be a minor miracle to get him eligible.

  5. average fan
    2:38 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Center U?

  6. Cats By Triple Digits
    2:38 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    #4, you are hearing false information

  7. lldjr
    2:43 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Breaking news from KSR !!! : Nerlens Noel farted !!! More at 6:00…

  8. Grammar Police
    2:43 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink


  9. In North Augusta now
    2:50 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I was the Peach Jam and Kyle Anderson was by far the best player I saw in the gym that day.

    Noel played well in a blowout win.

  10. Bradley
    2:50 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Paige is a VERY average PG. Cal knew exactly how pathetic the PG’s were in this class and that’s exactly why he took Harrow, who is 10X better than Paige or any other PG in the class. The best PG in the class by a large margin is actually Archie Goodwin, even though it’s not his true position. We have no worries at that spot at all this season. I hear Terry Rozier is a real beast though. lmao

  11. Srewem
    3:06 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN has declared the class No. 2, don’t give them any hits.

  12. bosshogg24
    5:16 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    UK still # 1 by maXpreps! ESPN is an ACC organization please disregard!