Calipari ‘comfortable’ Noel will be available
By Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY
LEXINGTON, Ky.-aaKentucky coach John Calipari doesn’t appear to be too worried about all the attention freshman center Nerlens Noel has been getting this summer.
There were questions about Noel’s academic standing after he reclassified during recruitment to move up a year. Noel was cleared academically by the NCAA and started classes in late August. Then there was an SI.com report that the NCAA was expanding its inquiry into Noel’s amateur status.
Noel was unable to answer any questions regarding the NCAA, but Calipari seemed optimistic Thursday when asked about the uncertainty surrounding Noel and the possibility of him playing this season.
“We feel comfortable,” Calipari told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s a review that those kinds of players go through. When you reclassify, you’re going to have reviews. When you reclassify and some people are mad you reclassified, there are going to be some reviews. That’s how it is. We’re comfortable that he’s done everything he was supposed to do.”
Noel, one of the top recruits of the 2012 class, is a 6-11 center from Everett, Mass., who played for Tilton (N.H.) Prep last season and was the USA TODAY Sports high school player of the year. Some analysts expect him to be a better shot-blocker than Anthony Davis, who blocked 186 shots and swept all of the national player of the year awards last season before being the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.
Noel chose Kentucky over Georgetown and Syracuse.