Noel and Bull Liking the Friars

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.-- After hiring Chris Driscoll, an ex AAU coach with BABC, Providence is making a serious run at a number of players from his former program.

Featuring some of the best talent in New England, BABC has a number of players who are high on the Friars, including Nerlens Noel and Domonique Bull who updated their recruitment while at the Nike Peach Jam.

Nerlens Noel is transferring to Tilton School (NH) from Everett (MA) and reclassifying to be a 2013 prospect because he missed his school season due to a serious knee injury. A 6'10 center, Noel claims offers from Providence, Georgetown, Florida, Miami, and UCLA. In addition, he noted that Syracuse, Pitt, Boston College, UConn, and others are showing interest.

"Not a big favorite, but right now I like Georgetown, Florida, and Providence," Noel said of who his leaders are.

On what he is looking for in a college, Noel remarked, "To reach my potential and possibly move me to the next level after college."

Asked how big of a factor it is that Chris Driscoll is now at PC, Noel responded, "Yeah, he just went to Providence. I had a good relationship with him. I wanna go to a school where I have a good relationship with somebody, the head or assistant, and I already have one with Driscoll, that's why I like that school."

"Providence, I know they have good tradition and history," said Noel of what he likes about the Big East school. "Not that it's close, doesn't matter if I go close of far, doesn't matter."

Regarded as one of the top prospects in the nation, Noel said, "I try to model my game after Kevin Garnett."

Domonique Bull '12, a 6'4 shooting guard, is also transferring to Tilton School, but he has already reclassified so his year will not change like Noel's is. Bull claims offers from Providence, Miami, and Western Kentucky. He said Virginia Tech, Pitt, UNLV, Charlotte, Florida, La Salle, and others are involved too.

Bull has a top four of Pitt, UNLV, Providence, and Miami, which is sitting atop his list at this point.

"Nice atmosphere, cool coaches, coaches I can have a good relationship with," said Noel of what he is looking for in a school. "Playing time, that's the main thing, where I can come in and get big minutes for my team and [I also want] a nice area."

Regarding his thoughts on Providence, Bull said, "I'm only 45 minutes away, Keno Davis is a good coach. I went up to a few practices. I know Chris Driscoll [and he] will be willing to work with me. I know some of the players played with BABC, Gerard Coleman, Ron [Giplaye], and they are recruiting some of my teammates . . . I'm not far away, my family can see my play, I like the style of play, it would be a good fit."

Bull also discussed his relationship with Driscoll. "Me and him got a big relationship, we're real tight," Bull said. "Sometimes when I'm not playing well he boosts my confidence and without him I don't think I'd be anything [and he has] . . . always been real good to me, we're real tight."

With Chris Driscoll now on staff, Providence has a distinct connection to BABC, one of the top AAU programs on the East Coast. Many players, including Nerlens Noel and Domonique Bull like the Friars, but time will tell how things play out.

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