Kevin Noreen, the Minnesota state player of the year, has been taking a careful approach to recruiting since being released from his commitment to Boston College. Noreen, a 6-10 forward with a well-rounded game, has visited a number of schools, but looks to be winding up the process now. A weekend trip to West Virginia has apparently capped a long spring of late visits for Noreen, who is now expected to make a decision on his college choice.
"He visited West Virginia and they made him an offer last night, but at this time he has not accepted," his AAU coach, Jerry Robertson, told BlueGoldNews.com. "He knows that time is short, and that he has some hard decisions to make, and I expect him to make his choice within the next day or two."
Noreen, who had more than 20 major scholarship offers, is apparently down to Washington State, Arkansas and West Virginia as his final three. He visited Arkansas in May and Wazzu earlier this month. As for his trip to West Virginia, it was an impressive one.
"It sounded to me like the visit went very well," said Robertson, who also talked with head coach Bob Huggins last week. "He was very impressed with Coach Huggins, his staff and the players. He was also very impressed with their work ethic. He likes the outlook for the team and his potential there.
"There weren't any promises made to him on his visit regarding playing time or anything like that," Robertson added. "He knows he will have to earn it. But West Virginia's style of play, where they go five out and run motion, fits him perfectly. He's a 6-10 guy that can put the ball on the deck, shoot from distance and post up. He's a great passer, too."
Robertson believes that Noreen would be comfortable at either the three or four positions, which are often interchangeable in West Virginia's offensive scheme. An somewhat under-the-radar prospect due to his small school background (he played at Minnesota Transitions School, a small Minneapolis high school with approximately 300 students. MTS plays in the smallest school division in Minnesota, and thus doesn't get a great deal of attention. Noreen changed that, earning state player of the year honers and breaking the state scoring record along the way, but it was in AAU where he earned national attention.
No matter how and where he earned his notice, however, Robertson believes he can excel in college.
"He has a tremendous basketball IQ. He's not going to dunk on anyone or outrun anyone, but he's going to succeed because he knows how to play the game."