Noel discusses recent visits

Nerlens Noel has now taken three recent college visits. Scout.com caught up with the highly regarded big man to discuss the latest in his recruitment.

Another visit is complete for Nerlens Noel.

Scout.com's top ranked player took a trip to Kentucky this past weekend, after taking trips to Syracuse and Providence earlier this month.

"It was a good visit," Noel said. "It was my first time down there so I just got a good feel for what was down there. I got to sit there, meet and talk to the whole coaching staff. I enjoyed meeting them and seeing what it was like down there."

"It was a good visit," the 6-foot-11 center added. "I got a good feel for their program I thought."

What stood out most about the visit?

"I really liked the fans they have and just the unity of their team," Noel told Scout.com shortly after returning home.

Kentucky's Anthony Davis is the top shot blocker in college basketball, while Noel is the top shot blocker in high school basketball. Kentucky is pitching Davis' success in their system.

"They have," he said. "They told me I could come in and do very similar things to what Anthony Davis is doing right now. That's a pretty good thing."

During the two-day trip, Noel spent time with John Calipari. The Kentucky head man relayed to Noel how he planned to use him if he were to gain his services.

"He's a cool dude," he said. "I like him. He told me how I'd fit in and what I'd be able to do offensively and defensively."

The week before his trip to Kentucky, Noel was front and center at a Syracuse game with friend and AAU teammate Goodluck Okonoboh.

"With the Syracuse trip, I liked it too," he said. "It wasn't my first time there. Whenever I got there I just get a better feel and sitting down with coach [Mike] Hopkins and coach [Jim] Boeheim they just give me a lot of good insight about how they'd use me in their zone."

Noel said the zone that Syracuse uses is appealing to him.

"It is," Noel, a five-star prospect at Tilton (N.H.) School, said. "It's shown success, especially this season. They haven't lost a single game. Especially in the past it's been really successful."

Just as he did with Kentucky, Noel pointed to the Syracuse fans as one of the things that stood out to him about his trip to see the Orangemen.

"The same thing with Syracuse, their fans are really into their basketball program," Noel said. "I just like their whole program overall as well."

With three unofficials down, Noel, who recently reclassified from the 2013 class to the 2012 class, is looking to take a local visit in the near future.

"I'm looking to visit UConn locally," Noel said. "Besides locally I'm looking to schedule visits with Florida, North Carolina and Georgetown."

Since Noel is still going through the process of transitioning classes, he's been unable to take official visits. He said it's affected his dates some.

"It has a little bit," Noel said. "I'm not going to take any more unofficials. I'm going to wait until I can take official visits in early March. I'll be able to take officials in early March."

UNC and Roy Williams have ramped up their interest in Noel. He said he's talked to Jerod Haase and Roy Williams on the phone.

"It's going good," he said of UNC's recruitment with him. "I'm building a better relationship with them."

"They've told me that North Carolina is a great program," Noel said. "They told me that most of their big men are leaving for the NBA this year and there would be a big opportunity to come and play."

With a few weeks until he will be able to take official visits, Noel is looking to focus on hitting the books.

"I'm just going to go real hard with my academics and just try to finish the year strong and finish the season with a championship," he said.

"We got Brewster tomorrow and then we have three more games after that," Noel added.

With his reclassification, Noel was forced to speed up his recruiting process. After three visits and plenty of conversations with college coaches, the top rated center in 2012 can't point to a top school.

"No, not right now," Noel said. "There's no favorite right now."


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