Noreen has Options

It's been a hectic few weeks for Kevin Noreen and his family. The talented post product was supposed to already be in summer school at Boston College, but the coaching change at the ACC school left his status in limbo.

It's been a hectic few weeks for Kevin Noreen and his family. The talented post product was supposed to already be in summer school at Boston College, but the coaching change at the ACC school left his status in limbo.

"With the coaching change at Boston College Kevin felt it was good for him to re-evaluate his options," said one of his assistant coaches with Minnesota Pump N Run. "The new coach at BC is a really good guy and they are definitely still in the mix, but Kevin still wanted to make sure it was the best fit for him."

Noreen committed to Boston College last summer and has already used an official visit to BC.

"His dream has always been to play in the ACC. A lot of kids would love the challenge of competing athletically in the Atlantic Coast Conference and that stood out to Kevin... it still does."

The question is if Noreen will have the chance to sign with another ACC program. While he's been given a complete release, Noreen and his family are still looking to verify that he would be free to select another ACC school if that is what he would like to do.

"The release is being discussed right now," said his coach. "I really don't want to be too specific on programs from the ACC expressing interest because he is trying to verify if that will even be an option at this point. Once Kevin hears back if he has to he could appeal a decision... that's what happened up here with the Brust kid... it's the exact situation."

Ben Brust, a combo guard out of Illinois, asked for a release from Iowa following a coaching change. he was issued a release but the Big Ten put a stipulation in the release blocking him from selecting within their conference. Brust appealed the move and eventually won his appeal... he's now considering other Big Ten programs.

A similar situation also has already happened in the ACC. Atlanta (GA) power forward Marcus Thornton asked out of his release following Oliver Purnell's departure from Clemson. He was also given a full release, and Georgia Tech is one of four schools under consideration for his services.

If Noreen can sign with another ACC program, expect those teams to be in the mix.

"Right now there are five ACC programs, including Boston College, that have expressed degrees of interest. Once Kevin hears back on if that will be an option, he'll definitely be looking at those programs even harder and begin the process of taking official visits."

Noreen has already taken official visits to Boston College and last weekend he tripped to Providence. He's taken unofficial visits to Northwestern and Marquette who have also extended scholarship offers. He has a visit to Indiana scheduled for this weekend and Arkansas is looking to get him on campus.

"Kevin is not sure if the visit to Indiana will be an official or unofficial," said Noreen's coach. "He should know that pretty soon. Kevin still has three official visits left, and Indiana is a drivable distance. Once he knows more about the ACC schools he'll have a better understanding on how to use his official visits. He hope to hear back on that as early as [Friday]."

One ACC program that could be in the picture is NC State. In fact, the Wolfpack, led by assistant Monte Towe, was actually the first school from the conference to recruit Noreen.

"North Carolina State has a very strong program," said Noreen's coach. "They were the first ACC school to recruit Kevin... all the way back in the ninth grade. Coach Towe was recruiting him for NC State and coach Lowe has been up to see Kevin play.

"That is a school that would be especially interesting to Kevin because he has a good relationship with both coach Lowe and coach Towe. They've also done a very good job of landing strong recruiting classes and that has caught Kevin's attention as well."

Whoever lands Noreen will be securing the services of an extremely talented post player who presents problems for opposing defenses. The 6-foot-10, 225-pounder is rated a four-star prospect, the No. 17 power forward in the country, and the No. 91 recruit in the 2010 class by

Capable of playing any of the frontcourt positions, Noreen is the all-time leading scorer in the state of Minnesota after averaging 38.2 points per game and 16 rebounds per contest his senior year. He shattered the previous scoring record (3,428 points) by amassing an astounding 4,086 points. He also owns the state record in rebounding (1,899), and fell just 35 assists short of setting that mark.

"He would mostly be described as a faceup four-man, but Kevin has the versatility to play the frontcourt positions. The college coaches who are recruiting Kevin all echo a recurrent theme describing him as a 'matchup nightmare.' He has a real good handle for his size and his shot extends out to the three-point line. He can play all over the floor and works extremely hard.

"He's working to improve his athleticism and get stronger. With that being said, the interest he has received in the past few weeks indicates that he has the ability to play at the highest level."

When the time comes to make a decision Noreen will be considering several factors.

"He wants to play for an established coach," said his coach. "Kevin wants to have the chance to succeed at a high level and he wants to win. He wants to play for a coach that he has built a relationship with and is looking to go into a program that has stability and recruited at a high level.

"He is looking to try and finalize things over the next few weeks. The signing period ends on May 19th and Kevin is looking to have signed by that date. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes his final official visits over the next two weeks before settling in on a decision. Signing during the signing period is the preferred way to go for him."

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