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EXCLUSIVE: Nerlens Noel Leaning Towards PC?

Thursday, February 02, 2012


Ed Cooley and his staff have done a marvelous job with their first recruiting class at Providence College.  GoLocalProv.com has learned that it could very well become the best in the entire country.

A NEPSAC coach who did not want to be indentified told GoLocalProv.com that 6'-10" big man Nerlens Noel (Tilton School) "is leaning towards picking PC."

On Wednesday, Noel reclassified from being a member of the class of 2013 to the class of 2012 which means he will finish school this spring and attend college in the fall.  Once he announced his reclassification, ESPNU placed him at the top of their ESPNU 100 ranking the top senior high school basketball players in the country.

Noel already visited PC and UConn and will be visiting Syracuse next week.  He also told ESPN.com that he plans on visiting Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida and Georgetown.

But Noel also said that, "I'm ready to do it," in reference to picking a college to attend next fall.  That comment along with that of the NEPSAC coach may bode well for the Friars.

PC already has a stellar recruiting class coming in this fall with Providence native Ricky Ledo (South Kent School) who is #19 on the ESPNU top 100 and Kris Dunn (New London) who is ranked 24th coming in.  They have also received a commitment from Arizona 6'-9" transfer Sidiki Johnson who will be eligible to play second semester next season.  Noel, however, would give the Friars the best big man on the market and place the Friars recruiting class at the top of the Big East and in the entire country.

Noel is from Everett, Massachusetts so the lure of playing close to home so that family and friends can see many of his games may also be enticing.

Stay tuned Friar fans!


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Andrew Tomkiewicz

This would be incredible, Nerlens would be a great addition to the program

Scott Cordischi

Lots of comments from fellow coaches in attendance at the National Prep School Invitational at RIC on Noel like:

"Calipari won't get beat out for this guy."
"PC can't afford the price tag."

We shall see.

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