Noel is Christmas in April

Coming off their eighth national championship, the Kentucky Wildcats were already building for next season. With one top target already off the board, Kentucky managed to snag the player some see as the ultimate prize in this class.

Coming off their eighth national championship, the Kentucky Wildcats were already building for next season. With one top target already off the board, Kentucky managed to snag the player some see as the ultimate prize in this class.

Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-11, 210-pound center committed to Kentucky today on ESPNU. Widely considered one of the top two prospects in this recruiting class, Noel can come in and help ease the loss of National Player of the Year, Anthony Davis.

"Nerlens Noel is one of the better prospects I've seen in some time. This guy is someone I believe is a better shot-blocker than Anthony Davis was coming out of high school," Evan Daniels of Scout.com said.

Noel was considering Kentucky, Georgetown and Syracuse before settling on the National Champion Wildcats.

"I just thought it was the right place for me," Noel told Scout's Evan Daniels Wednesday evening. "I can go there and develop myself and be able to play under Coach Calipari. I think it was the best place for me to fulfill my dream," he continued.

He will fulfill some Wildcat fans dreams as well because of his ability to be a difference maker on the court.

"Noel isn't a skilled offensive player yet, he is most comfortable down low where he can rebound and score with a jump hook," said Scout.com's Brian Snow. "Given his athleticism and ability to protect the rim on defense, combined with his speed getting baseline-to-baseline, Noel is the perfect fit for what the Wildcats needed in order to make another deep run through the NCAA Tournament," Snow said.

Noel will join forward Alex Poythress, center Willie Cauley and shooting guard Archie Goodwin to give Kentucky what looks like the nation's top recruiting class for the fourth straight season.


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