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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Nerlens Noel Chooses Kentucky

Top-college basketball recruit Nerlens Noel announced on Wednesday that he has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Nerlens Noel Update: NCAA Inquiry Opened On Noel

Syracuse might have dodged some NCAA trouble the second Nerlens Noel exposed an interlocked "UK" on the back of his head.

Noel is now the target of an NCAA inquiry, according to the New York Times.

The top recruit is being looked into because of some visits to universities that weren't paid for by the school, along with some questioned relationships with Chris Driscoll and Errol Randolph.

Driscoll is a former Providence assistant who was actually barred from the Tilton School campus, where Noel attended.

Randolph was a substitute teacher at Everett High School while Noel was there, and has alleged ties to a sports agency.

Nothing has been proven at all to this point, but it can't be a good sign that Noel is already in some hot water.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the NCAA, who has a pension for finding even the most minor of infractions.

Somewhere, Jim Boeheim is thinking about taking a deep sigh of relief.

For more on this story, please check back to our StoryStream.


Nerlens Noel Selects Kentucky Over Syracuse

Nerlens Noel, one of the most coveted high school basketball recruits in the country, announced his decision as to where he will play college ball. After winnowing the list of schools down to three, Noel revealed on a prime time ESPNU special that he will play for the University of Kentucky.

Syracuse was one of the final three options for Noel. No stranger to bringing talented players into the program, this was one of the most anticipated recruiting decisions in years for Syracuse fans.

Noel revealed his decision with an unusual twist: he shaved the "UK" into his head.



Standing 6'10" and weighing 210 lbs, the lanky center is often compared to Anthony Davis, the center Noel will replace, who just led the Wildcats to a national championship this month.

For more on Syracuse basketball, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. Meanwhile, the SB Nation blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange.


Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Is Nerlens Noel What Orange Fans Really Want?

For top-college basketball recruit Nerlens Noel, Wednesday is decision day and all of Syracuse hoops nation awaits his announcement. But is Noel really what Orange fans want?

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