Noreen visits WSU, getting close to decision?

KEVIN NOREEN, Minnesota's Mr. Basketball and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, visited Washington State recently. And the lengthy recruitment saga of the 6-10 Minnesota Transitions forward looks to be coming to a close.

Kevin Noreen (6-10, 228) and family had a good trip out to the Palouse, said AAU coach Jerry Robertson.

"They enjoyed the visit," said Robertson. "That's really all (his dad) said about it. I know they haven't had a bad visit, every place they've been to has been a good experience."

And there have been a lot of them. The last day of basketball's late signing period was nearly a month ago but Noreen remains on the market.

"I've never seen any of my players take this many trips... I think his dad just wants to make sure they make the right decision. They've taken a lot of unofficials, and they've taken all of their officials," said Robertson.

ROBERTSON, WHO HAS coached Noreen for two years and is close with the Noreen family, said he wasn't aware of a published report that Noreen had recently narrowed things down to a final four of WSU, Northwestern, Providence and Arkansas. He did, however, say his conversations with the Noreens indicate a decision is close.

"I would not be surprised if in the next two weeks they make a decision," said Robertson.

As mentioned in an earlier CF.C article, Wazzu has in addition made overtures towards Noreen's younger brother, Kyle Noreen, a 2011 guard prospect.

Kyle is a 6-6 guard who can play the 1 or 2, says Robertson. He eclipsed the 2,000 point mark in high school but has not attracted the type of offers or recruiting attention his older brother has and the Cougs have not offered him, but are talking to him.

MEANWHILE, BROTHER KEVIN, who carries a 4.0 GPA, is the all-time leading scorer in the state of Minnesota. He averaged a ridiculous 38.2 ppg and appx. 16 rebounds per contest his senior year in shattering the previous career state scoring record (3,428), with 4,086 career points. He also set the state record in rebounding with 1,899 career boards and fell just 35 assists short of that career state record.

But if there was a knock on those numbers, it's that it came against Minnesota Class A competition. Robertson points out, however, that Noreen took home multiple AAU tournament awards, playing against top flight competition, and that the offers and level of interest from colleges across the nation speak volumes as to his ability and collegiate upside.

  • Noreen originally signed with Boston College but after the firing of coach Al Skinner, he was provided a release from his signed letter of intent and the recruiting process ramped back up again. Northwestern looked to be in pretty good shape prior to the Signing Period to land him but Noreen declined to ink an LOI before the deadline. He has reportedly received more than 40 offers since his release from BC.

  • WSU has one scholarship available with the departure of F James Watson. The Cougs could use that scholie to bring in a player like Noreen now, or hold it until next year's class. WSU has no seniors listed on their roster for the upcoming year. The incoming recruiting class -- Dexter Kernich-Drew, a 6-6, 180-pound guard out of Melbourne, Australia; F Patrick Simon (6-9, 205, Ephrata/Ephrata High), G Andre Winston, Jr. (6-1, 160, Lakewood/Lakes HS) and G Faisal Aden (6-4, 185, San Diego, Calif./Hillsborough CC) -- is guard-heavy and while Simon checks in at 6-foot-9, he is a shooter, and not a banger. Two in-state prep players, Will Dilorio and Chris Morgan, are walking on, as is Mychal Ladd, a transfer from Fresno State who will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

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