Noel sets in-homes, decision not far off

Nerlens Noel has a pair of in-home visits set up for this week. Once those visits are complete, Noel will begin figuring out his college decision.

Nerlens Noel's college decision isn't too far off.'s top rated prospect, which narrowed his list of schools to Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown Sunday afternoon, has a pair of in-home visits set up this week, then he'll begin the process of coming up with a decision.

"I'm going to wait it out just a little bit," Noel told "I think after the next week or two and after the in-home visits."

"Kentucky is supposed to have an in-home visit with my mom tomorrow and Syracuse is on Wednesday," Noel said. "By Wednesday my mom would have already spoken to all three of the schools staffs. I'll sit down and talk with her and I might have a decision."

Noel's mother met with Georgetown last weekend during his official visit. While many have speculated that Noel's recruitment is more of a race between Syracuse and Kentucky, Noel said Georgetown has a legit shot at him.

"They do," Noel confirmed. "Especially from that visit. My mom likes them a lot too."

Noel, who said he wouldn't take any more visits, has taken three recent trips. His visits to Kentucky and Syracuse were unofficial visits. Georgetown received his only official visit.

"I like Georgetown a lot," Noel said. "I was glad I made that visit. It really showed me what their program is about, especially just why they call them big man U. Everything goes through the big man."

"I was watching a lot of game film with Henry Sims and Greg Monroe," he said. "They would touch it on the block and the high post and everything would go through them. They would end up with a few assists a game and everything would be through them to facilitate."

John Calipari and Kentucky will go into Noel's home on Monday. The Wildcats had him on campus the weekend on February 18th. Noel likes the Cats because of their track record of developing players.

"Kentucky is just a great program, especially for preparation to playing at the professional level," he told "They prepare all of their players. When I was there they went through everything they do to get their guys ready. They work with them on everything they need to improve."

Syracuse has had Noel on campus a handful of times over the past year. In that time, Noel has noticed their "family" atmosphere, plus one of Noel's close friends – Michael Carter-Williams – is currently a freshman.

"With Syracuse I like their family tradition that they have over there," he said. "I saw some of their players back there when I went to midnight madness. I just saw the atmosphere they have. They have 34,000 almost every game. It's great. I love their coaching staff. I've gotten to know them real well."

Connecticut and North Carolina were involved with Noel's recruitment, but cut them from contention for various reasons. Noel is a five-star prospect.

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