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Nerlensmageddon 2012: Nerlens Noel Rumors Swirling


In the absence of light, darkness prevails. And right now, the light that is the Syracuse Orange is up against one hell of a darkness one-two punch in the form of the Kentucky Wildcats and Georgetown Hoyas when it comes to the recruitment of Nerlens Noel.

We know nothing and so it's time for everyone to start making stuff up.

First up is Jon Rothstein who sees so much John Calipari in John Calipari and thinks The Vacated One may have done it again.

Multiple sources say there is more than a legitimate chance of Kentucky landing the top two prospects in the Class of 2012 in 6-foot-10 shot blocker Nerlens Noel and lefty wing Shabazz Muhammad.

I'm not saying Calipari is a warlock, but, I'm pretty sure he dabbles in the dark arts.

Not so fast, says Nerlens, who texted Adam Zagoria to let him know that he has made no decision just yet and that he has no timetable.

"I’m not sure when I’ll announce yet," Noel, who is considering Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown, told Wednesday by text.

However, one unnamed college basketball assistant who recruited Noel told Zags that he thinks the big man is going Kentucky.

Being objective, it's hard not to understand why Noel would choose Kentucky. For a guy of his caliber, winning a National Title is appealing but the knowledge that he can be part of a program that will hone him into a lottery pick is the real prize. For all it's success, Syracuse doesn't make that claim (though we do have a few lottery picks in recent years).

Don't look for Noel in the McDonald's All-America Game, he reclassified too late to qualify. Instead, just keep sending him positive, orange thoughts and hope that Boeheim and Hopkins are pulling out the big guns.