UNC Recruiting Elite Shotblocker

ORLANDO, Fla. --- Nerlens Noel's dominant defensive play in July has led some scouts to label him the best defensive player in the country. As such, he's going to be one of the most recruited players in the country as well.

The 6-11, 201-pound rising junior from Everett, Mass., who sports a 7-3 wingspan, is still in the early stages of his recruiting process.

"I have a lot of offers from all over from a lot of different conferences," Noel said. "After these tournaments, when the summer is over, I plan on putting out a list."

North Carolina is among the schools now actively recruiting Noel. The Tar Heel coaches watched him two weeks ago at the Peach Jam and then have tracked him here at the Super Showcase, with Roy Williams spotted in the stands.

"I've been hearing from them a lot lately," Noel said of UNC. "It was just them not wanting to overwhelm me and everything. They've been interested from the beginning and it's a great school."

Noel isn't focusing on his recruitment in July, and thus the contact from the Tar Heel staff has been through Noel's coaches.

"I didn't talk to anybody personally, but they talk to my coach and he tells me about it," Noel said.

Noel noted that he is very high on the UNC basketball program and school.

"They're a really good school," Noel said. They have a great head coach in Roy Williams and they know how to develop pros and they have a great coaching staff. They just have a great history."

As the summer winds down, Noel will make a preliminary list and also would like to take a few visits.

"It just depends on how much time I have after I spend some time with my family," Noel said. "I'd like to take two to three visits though."

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