Tilton (N.H.) center and Everett native Nerlens Noel sheds light on some of the recent developments in his world today in his diary on ESPNHS.com. Among other things, the nation's No. 1 overall senior created some confusion when he began to take visits this month.
Earlier this month, Noel told ESPN's Dave Telep that he was reclassifying to the Class of 2012, and would begin to take official visits. On Friday, however, the Boston Herald reported that Noel had yet to be granted his request to re-classify from the Class of 2013, meaning his two visits this month -- Syracuse on Feb. 10, and Kentucky last weekend -- were technically unofficial visits.
Noel clarifies the matter:
I’ve taken two visits since I reclassified, first to Syracuse and I’m actually just getting back from Kentucky now. Both of the visits had to be unofficial because I have to get a lot of paperwork processed at my school before everything’s final, so until that happens all of my visits have to be unofficial. I think everything will be final by around early March.
Noel talks about the joys he had on his visits to both Syracuse and Kentucky, and talks about how much steam has picked up in his recruiting since he made his move to 2012. That includes some conversation with legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski:
I’ve had a few schools call me more since the news broke about me reclassifying. I actually talked to coach Mike Krzyzewski the day after my first blog. That was pretty cool just talking to him. I like Coach K a lot. He was telling me about the situation down there for next year.
I talked to him twice after that, but I ended up telling them that I wasn’t interested in Duke. I like Coach K, but I just didn’t have any interest in them.
Noel also declares where he will be visiting next:
I’m excited about my next few visits to Florida, North Carolina and Georgetown, but I don’t know what order those visits will be in and I don’t have any dates on those yet. I’ll definitely let you guys know, though.
I’m gonna visit Providence and UConn too because they’re so close to me. I’ve been hearing from all of the coaches from those schools for the most part.