Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 10:19 am  |  17 responses

NCAA Further Investigating Nerlens Noel

The NCAA has furthered its investigation into the recruitment of Kentucky star freshman Nerlens Noel. Per SI.com, two NCAA enforcement officials traveled to Noel’s New Hampshire prep school for a three-hour meeting in early August, inquiring about how Noel paid for his unofficial college visits to Louisville, Kentucky and Syracuse. “This is the NCAA enforcement staff’s second trip to New England regarding Noel. Assistant directors of enforcement Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith also traveled to Noel’s public high school in Everett, Mass., in May to meet with school officials there. What made the NCAA’s visit to Tilton intriguing is that a senior Kentucky official, UK chief compliance officer Sandy Bell, accompanied Merrill and Smith for the meeting. Bell didn’t ask many questions, according to the source, but did take notes and spoke up occasionally. The presence of two NCAA enforcement officials and Bell gives the appearance that this case has gone beyond the routine checking of top prospects, according to one former NCAA investigator. Noel has tweeted that he arrived in Lexington this week and is excited for the season. But it appears that the amateurism issues the NCAA has been probing the past few months will follow him there.”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s only a matter of time.. UK better had put up that banner with velcro

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk troll

    I dont understand why star highschool guys even go to NCAA schools, when they can do what Brandon Jennings did and go overseas for a year make that bread and go pro.

  • LA Huey

    ^You’re assuming all the rules are followed when they get to campus.

  • http://www.xvideos.com nbk troll

    Huey I’m saying if u #1 prospect out of highschool and coaches gonna pay u under the table, why not just play overseas (assuming the $ is comparable). Why sneak around on campus, when u can get money in another country. Maybe I’m missing something.

  • LA Huey

    I get what you’re saying. But being a God at a big-time D1 campus probably has more appeal to a kid than being just another player (and rookie to jealous veterans) on a team in some foreign country. As much as these guys look at what Jennings did, they also know what Jeremy Tyler went through. Also, in the FIBA game, it’s not like most of these top flight recruits have will translate to the kind of impact they’d have at the collegiate level. Knowing that, it diminishes not only the allure for the kid, the owner of a team might not want to pay for a dude like that who’s only going to be there a year.

  • bike

    This might be the end of Coach Cal’s little ride at KY. You can’t blame any college coach, given today’s rules, for going after the biggest blue chippers but they almost always have bad baggage. That’s why Coach K stays away from many of them.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdPcGP8-niM nbk troll

    I feel you Huey… @ bike no daily racism???

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Most young people don’t want to go thousands of miles away from home to play for a team no one will see on television and have to fight for scraps of playing time. Oh, and you could get injured or get your talent questioned like Jennings.
    So, they choose college. And the NCAA sanctioned fleecing leads to dirty dealing, which leads to scandals. Every one must like the way things are today because they won’t all sacrifice to make a change.

  • bike

    nbk troll. Don’t get your crack dude. There is another ‘bike’ that occasionally posts stuff that is designed to inflame commentators. I assume by your name you do know what a ‘troll’ is?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @allenp, getting questioned like jennings is HUGE factor i think. since the uncertainty of what is going to happen in europe is so big. If u r on a top team, u will most likely ride the bench as an 18 year old, and u play in weak league, they will question the competition. whereas the with the ncaa, scouts know what they have (most of the time).

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk troll

    I feel u bike… So what yall sayin is kids dont play overseas and choose NCAA for the same reason Free Agents dont go to the raptors?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yep, that’s why Jennings move was a gift and a curse. It showed that another route was possible and he had personal success, but it clearly outlined all the difficulties as well. And the NCAA just looked a lot simpler.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^so true

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    There are less opportunities for 18 yr old, high school kids overseas than there are for a kid who played 4 yrs of college too. So the overseas route is really only viable if you’re a top 5-10 recruit like Jennings anyway.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Zucotti Manicotti

    So in the near future, kentucky will likely have to not have had a basketball team last season? Who won?

  • big kamp burst

    Why not just send all potential one and dones to the d league. They get paid and don’t have to worry about recruiting violations and people actually start caring about the d league. Sounds like a win win to me.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    With the way things are today, it is pointless to cheat. All those people that claim they are looking out for the best interest of the kid are only looking out for themselves. If you are a top-flight player in hs, basically as long as you don’t get injured over the next year and a half, you will be in the NBA – which is what most of these kids want anyway. College is a joke to them (one of the saddest things ever), and they are only going for a year anyway. Why cheat for one year?? Then the college is stripped of their wins during the time you were there, the coach and school looses respect, you lose respect, and a few uncles and aau coaches get free gear and a few thousand bucks. Where is the logic in that? And why on earth do these kids (or the people “looking out” for them) allow someone like World Wide Wes have that strong of an influence in where they go to college? Are some of their neighborhoods really that messed up? Its like the blind leading the blind!