Center Nerlens Noel moves up in class and moves up as Mr. Basketball USA candidate.
The big news this week was supposed to be the announcement of the rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic.
Seven of the 20 players on the 2012 team for this year's Jordan game on April 14 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) appeared on at least one ballot in this week's ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA Tracker.
That announcement was trumped by the news that center Nerlens Noel of The Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) is returning to the 2012 class and intends to enter college this fall. Noel's decision to re-classify created a bigger firestorm when he was named the No. 1 prospect in the updated ESPNU 100 over Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).
Despite Noel's move, Muhammad remains the front-runner for national player of the year honors, as he amassed 94 points for the second consecutive week and was the only Mr. Basketball USA candidate to appear on all ten ballots. Muhammad will lead the Jordan Brand West team while his good friend Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), who garnered 76 points while appearing on nine ballots, headlines the East.
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