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Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 3:25 pm  |  55 responses

Nerlens Noel Jordan Brand Classic Diary

The highly sought after recruit gets ready for the JBC.

While he spends the next few weeks preparing for the Jordan Brand Classic, Nerlens Noel shares his experience with SLAMonline! Check daily to read up on his preparation leading to the April 14 tipoff. For more on the game, including how to buy tickets, rosters and alumni, visit the game’s official website, JordanBrandClassic.com.

As told to Peter Walsh

Ever since I was a little kid, the Jordan Brand Classic has been one of the All-Star games that I always watched. Now that I am officially playing in it, it’s like a dream come true. When I got the news, I was real thankful for the opportunity and now I’m getting ready and working on my game to show everyone what I got. I’m excited to get down to Charlotte and start working out with everyone else. I’m cool with almost all of these guys, so it will be great to catch up with everybody and see how they are all doing.

My game is definitely defensive-oriented; I love to block shots, grab rebounds and be the anchor down low. I lead by example, so I’m always playing hard and being the leader on my team. Offensively, my game is still developing. I like to get out and run the floor, but I’m also working on my post moves and my jumper so I can stretch the floor and become more of a threat on that end of the floor.

Our team (Tilton, NH) didn’t have as good a season as we expected. We finished with a strong record, but fell short in the playoffs, which was pretty disappointing. I played well throughout the year, but I would have really liked to finish my high school career with a championship so I could have gone out on top.

I’ve been watching a lot of the NCAA Tournament—pretty much every game. I was very impressed with CJ McCollum, he lit it up against Duke and I really like his game. I’m also a big fan of Jae Crowder, he’s always playing hard and is the leader on that team. I think that the final will be between Kentucky and Ohio State, but I can’t decide who I like more; both teams are very talented and well coached. If they meet in the final game, it will be one of the best matchups of the Tournament.

I’ve narrowed my list down to three schools: Syracuse, Kentucky and Georgetown. Basically, I’m just looking for a school where I feel comfortable that has a style of play that’s more up and down so I can get out in the open court and play to my strengths. I don’t let the whole recruiting process get to me, I try not to think about it. I spend a lot of time playing video games and hanging out with my friends so I can enjoy my last month of high school.

I can’t wait to get down to Charlotte and start working out with the rest of the guys!

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  • fwachs11

    I think Kentucky would be a great choice for Nerlens. He could be part of a dream team, maybe the best set of freshmen to ever play the game. Calipari is the master of teaching teamwork and at getting players to the next level. I really respect what he has done at Kentucky. He unleashes these fine players to do what they do best.

  • Robert Moore

    Georgetown has more to offer to Nerlens Noel than the other two schools in his list. Firstly, Georgetown is Big Man U, and no other school in the country comes close to matching its success in preparing Big Men for the NBA. Secondly, Georgetown University, an elite academic institution, will give him the education that will allow him to succeed in life, and not just in the NBA. Thirdly, Georgetown University is the crown jewel of the Nation’s Capital, and there is more for him to do in Washington, DC than in Syracuse or Lexington. Last, but not least, Georgetown University and the Hoyas are synonymous with class and integrity. Nerlens Noel and the Hoyas are therefore a match made in heaven.

  • http://Canfielddevelopment.com Steve C

    He said he wants to play for a team that gets up and down the floor. UK and Syracuse fit the bill. Georgetown does not. I do agree with the academic part, but let’t face it, most kids don’t go to school just for the academic part. I say G’town finishes third in this race.

  • Kent Ucky

    Kentucky is the place for you to reach your dreams which is the NBA. There is no better place to prepare you for the NBA than Kentucky. Look at what Anthony Davis has done – Freshmen of the Year, SEC POY, Defensive POY, soon to be Naismith POY, soon to be National Champion, and #1 in the NBA draft. You would be able to step in on day 1 to control your future through hard work and coaching. Coach Cal allowed Anthony to reach his maximum potential because he allows him to get out in the open floor to show his talents. Do you really want to play in a Princeton type offense at Georgetown and a zone defense at Georgetown/Syracuse? Coach Cal can and will provide you the road to the NBA! Go Cats!

  • J McKenzie

    Ah yes! We saw a prime example of the “class and integrity” in the China game last year.

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ado John

    Georgetown may be bigman University but they takes about 3 to 4 years to develop one. Look at how fast pointguard University devlop the big men as they product the point guard. If Noel want to be in NBA as soon as he can – think twice about going to Bigman University! Go Wildcat!

  • Maxbps8

    RE GT…”Firstly”…seriously? And you claim GT is a better academic institution than UK with that as your beginning word?? And then you end with GU…synonymous with class and integrity”??? You completely skipped over the whole internationally incident in China? I guess foreign-relations is not your thing; nor included when measuring ‘class and integrity’.

  • Patricia

    Being a proud student currently attending the University of Kentucky I know that UK will be the best fit for Nerlens Noel. The University of Kentucky is not just a school but a tradition built on a sound foundation of outstanding academics, with a rich history of college basketball that all should envy. Being part of Big Blue Nation is not just a weekly event but a lifestyle. Playing for and attending UK will not only take him farther than one could dream of with his basketball career but provide him with all of the tools he could need to live an amazing successfully happy life. Those of us who understand the power behind BBN, know that playing for UK not only makes you part of a team but part of a family including not only your teammates but fans all across the country.

  • Steve Perkins

    It’s doubtful that Nerlens Noel plans to stay in a univrsity for more than a year or two. Does Big Man U accomplish that on a regular basis? Calling Coach Cal “The King of the One and Dones” is really saying that he is “The King of Developing Young Players”. And as he is able to develope them to their max potential, they then have the option, if they want it to go to the NBA.

  • Steve Perkins

    It’s doubtful that Nerlens Noel plans to stay in a university for more than a year or two. Does Big Man U accomplish that on a regular basis? Calling Coach Cal “The King of the One and Dones” is really saying that he is “The King of Developing Young Players”. And as he is able to develope them to their max potential, they then have the option, if they want it, to go to the NBA.

  • http://wdlamar22@gmail.com darrell LAMAR

    THERE WAS A TEAM CALLED THE FAB 5,NOEL, BENNET, MUHAMMED,IF THEY GO TO UK THEY MIGHT BE THE BEST FRESHMAN CLASS IN HISTORY, IF THEY WIN THE TITLE, THATS ONE THING THE FAB 5 FAILED TO DO.

  • Laura Farina

    I agree with Robert Moore completely. Georgetown should be Nerlens choice. In addition, Nerlen has stated that he wants to attend a college that feels like “home”. “Home” is Georgetown’s middle name (if it’s last name is “University” :-) ) and he will have a family from the day he walks into Georgetown for the rest of his life. This family is not the kind that uses someone but that cares for the whole person in accordance with Jesuit ideals. Noel will make an immediate impact and Coach JTIII, a Princeton graduate with a moral compass and all of the intelligence associated with the Princeton and Georgetown basketball programs and institutions, will fully embrace Nerlens’ potential and play to his strengths. It’s not just about “Big Man U”, while that is a given, it’s about “Big Man U” + family and home + the finest academics, access to the nation’s capital and likelihood that re-elected President Obama will be a fan of Nerlens. Jeff Green, high first round draft pick in the NBA draft who left early for the NBA, is walking in his graduation ceremony. Ewing, Mutombo, Mourning, Hibbert, all proud Georgetown graduates. Monroe made an immediate impact in JTIII’s offense then left for the pros. Georgetown has tradition, class and integrity unparalleled by all but a few schools and none of them are Syracuse and Kentucky. We Hoya alumni are rooting for Noel to become part of the family.

  • poundtherock

    kentucky definitely needs a big man in nerlens. he will be the heir to anthony davis. but for once id like to see a big time player not go to UK lol

  • PATDOG

    Nerlens — Please come to Cuse. We need you. 25K+ will go nuts every game. SU has very good young guards (MCW and Cooney) + Triche, who is a senior next year. They will get you the ball in a position where you can score, and if not, will open it up with great shooting until it does get down. CJ Fair/JSoutherland at small forward; Christmas/Coleman at PF, and you in the middle = #1.

  • Ronnie

    He is not going to Gtown. Thabeet is the last BIG MAN U grad and look what he is doing now… Gtown is not what it used to be. You don’t think a shot blocker like Noel would love to sit in the middle of the 2-3 zone? This race is clearly between UK and CUSE. If he wants to play one year, UK is his choice. If he wants to play 2-3 years, CUSE. Sorry Hoyas.

  • tuxo

    @ronnie Thabeet is from connecticut I believe… and the last big man U grad is Greg Monroe. know what you are talking about, bro.

  • prospie g

    Test Case: Look at Greg Monroe vs. Demarcus Cousins. Monroe has the better numbers and is light years ahead emotionally. At Big Man U Greg developed his post moves and defensive ability. He talks about Georgetown as a “special place” where he can talk to HOF centers regularly. Cousins hasn’t developed much since high school.

    Sure if you want to be Derrick Rose Coach Cal has proven himself but let’s see how many big men he develops. Hibbert wasn’t a top 100 recruit and is now an NBA All-star that loves Georgetown. G’town guys reference the school all the time. Coach Cal guys see it as a post-grad year. If you want a family you have one in D.C.

    Syracuse: Fab Melo has domestic abuse issues (last summer) and academic issues, assistant coaches molest ball boys and the team fails drug tests and sweeps it under the rug. And they’re dangerously close to missing the tournament ala UConn. They should be a distant third. Nerlens will play on the wing of the 2-3 zone while Dejuan Coleman plays in the middle. What a joke.

  • Robert Moore

    Nerlens Noel will learn more in one year at Georgetown University than he would in ten years at either Cuse or UK. No one in his right mind would deny this fact. The Hoyas have a track record as Big Man U. Syracuse and UK don’t. If I were Nerlens Noel I will eliminate Syracuse and UK for an additional reason: they are rogue programs (even their fans know it). Georgetown University is therefore the best fit for Nerlens Noel.

  • Wayne Arnold

    “Big Man U” – I’d be shocked if you Georgetown fans can type this with a straight face. It’s not 1985 anymore. Noel wasn’t even alive the last time Georgetown was considered “Big Man U.” Stop living in the past.

    Noel doesn’t want to play for a school that uses a 1940′s Princeton offense where he’d be throwing backdoor passes to guards with 5 seconds on the shot clock on every possession.

    As for that wonderful education…how’s Allen Iverson doing these days?

    Patrick Ewing cannot read this message.

  • John Regan

    Wayne Arnold – That is an ugly and ignorant post. I feel sorry for you… Nerlens is a smart guy. He knows that Roy Hibbert graduated from Georgetown in 2008 and was an NBA All Star this season. He knows that Greg Monroe left Georgetown after 2 years for the NBA (in 2010) and is averaging 32 min per game this year and nearly a double double: 15.9 ppg & 9.8 rpg (if Detroit wasn’t so bad he might have made the all star team too). He also knows that Patrick Ewing (11 time NBA All Star) is currently a respected assistant coach for the Orlando Magic (and you imply that he can’t read?). He knows about perennial All Stars Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo… heck he even knows that Othella Harrington, a current Georgetown assistant coach, played 13 years in the NBA after graduating Georgetown in 1996. Nerlens knows Georgetown’s history with big men, so luckily it doesn’t matter if you do.

  • George Peterson

    Nerlens will likely be a high lottery pick wherever he attends college so let’s not pretend that Calipari, Boheim or JTIII will alter that. I understand he is of Hatian descent which likely means that his family values emphasize education even if he is planning on leaving early.

  • Robert Moore

    Wayne Arnold you remind me of the racists who used to throw bananas and epithets at Patrick Ewing. Like those racists, you believe that he can’t read or write. But I bet you that he is brighter and smarter than you are. Ask the journalists who had covered him, and the executives who had dealt with him and they will all tell you that he is one of the brightest man that they ever met.
    In addition to being a racist, you are ignorant about two other issues that you raised in your message. The first one pertains to GU as Big Man U. GU is still Big Man U. Roy Hibbert, who was not even a top 100 recruit, is an all-star, and Monroe almost joined him this year.
    Regarding “the 1940′s Princeton offense,” the Hoyas offense is anything but that. It is true that the Hoyas use backdoor cuts, and rely on players with high basketball IQ, but the system is geared for an up-tempo style of play. When the Hoyas had players who fir this style they played it (e.g. 2007). JTIII is recruiting the players to fit this style. Watch out.
    In short, you are a racist and an ignorant person. Noel has therefore another reason for not selecting Syracuse and UK (one of them is your team). Unlike Syracuse and UK, Georgetown has been a trailblazer in several areas, including those that are important to bright young men like Noel. Georgetown was the first major university to hire a Black coach. Bright minority students have made Georgetown University their favorite destination. We are in a good company, since their earlier choices were Harvard and Stanford. Georgetown University is therefore the best fit for Noel.

  • roody

    up and down, open floor. dude would sure look good in orange

  • Robert Moore

    Wayne Arnold you remind me of the racists who used to throw bananas and epithets at Patrick Ewing. Like those racists, you believe that he can’t read or write. But I bet you that he is brighter and smarter than you are. Ask the journalists who had covered him, and the executives who had dealt with him and they will all tell you that he is one of the brightest men that they ever met.
    In addition to being a racist, you are ignorant about two other issues that you raised in your message. The first one pertains to GU as Big Man U. GU is still Big Man U. Roy Hibbert, who was not even a top 100 recruit, is an all-star, and Monroe almost joined him this year.
    Regarding “the 1940′s Princeton offense” remark, the Hoyas’ offense is anything but that. It is true that the Hoyas use backdoor cuts, and rely on players with high basketball IQ, but the system is geared for an up-tempo style of play. When the Hoyas had players who fit this style they played it (e.g. 2007). JTIII is recruiting the players to fit this style. Watch out!
    In short, you are a racist and an ignorant person. Noel has therefore another reason for not selecting Syracuse and UK (one of them is your team). Unlike Syracuse and UK, Georgetown has been a trailblazer in several areas, including those that are important to bright young men like Noel. Georgetown was the first major university to hire a Black coach. Bright minority students have made Georgetown University their favorite destination. We are in a good company, since their earlier choices were Harvard and Stanford. Georgetown University is therefore the best fit for Noel.

  • RBaby

    Calipari doesn’t develop or teach, he just recruits and throws out the ball to talented players. Coaching is taking weak talent and making it great. Look at what SYR has done with Fab Melo in one year on the court. Too bad Fab didn’t care about school but he went from a dud to a stud and will make millions in the NBA thanks to his development at SYR.
    Noel is a better player and student right out the box. The SYR development team will make him the greatest center in college basketball history and SYR surrounds Noel with freshman talent in Coleman. MCD all Americans Christmas and MC Williams and upper classman leadership in Triche, Southerland and Fair.

    Calipari will be breaking in five new freshmen starters who are less talented than the five he’s working with now. At this moment, SYR has more talent and experience than UK. SYR is the smart choice for Noel.
    With Noel as the anchor, SYR wins the 2013 NCAA title.

  • jch

    Georgetown fans on this website act like there is no chance Noel could develop into a good big man if he doesnt go to GU. First of all, the “Big Man U” statement is for players that stay through more than two years. Anyone who thinks Noel is going to be in school longer than two years is absolutely insane. I see Georgetown as a distant third in this case, Noel will only go to Syracuse or Kentucky. There is a great chance everything lines up for him to head to Kentucky, especially with Anthony Davis leaving. I think the back line of the 2-3 zone will be too crowded in Syracuse next year, with Rak Christmas, Dajuan Coleman, and Baye Keita already cementing themselves as centers. While Noel would almost certainly nudge any of these players out, he may not want to invite himself into that situation. As an objective fan who went to Marquette, Kentucky is the leader in this race.

  • jch

    Also, don’t forget Noel’s best friend from high school is MC Williams, current Syracuse PG and most likely starting PG next year. although Williams has said he isnt recruiting Noel to Syracuse, I find it hard to believe that does not weigh in this decision.

  • Nick

    Noel needs to put the orange hat on, here’s why. The 2012-2013 season is going to be filled with deady talent from the Cuse. MCW is a close friend of Noel’s, the two would blend very well on the court. Having Coleman there as well will be a great help, they can rotate. The two bring size, strength, and agility. 2 game changing big men running the zone would be unstoppable. Southerland and Christmas only add to the depth and size. Talk about a dream team. Coleman, Noel, fair, triche, southerland, Christmas, cooney, and more. He will be surrounded by great talent, and a town that would embrace and love him like crazy. 30000 screaming fans everytime he dunks. Syracuse would become the scariest team in the big east, or acc. They would demolish. Come to the Cuse Noel!! I have a feeling he will!

  • Brown

    With Conney, Triche and MC Williams hitting the three, Syr will have the outside shooting to be great. I think Coleman plays power forward and Keita is th back-up center. Christmas, is hard to place because he’s not a true center nor a power forward but an excellent shot blocker. Anchor it all with Noel as the center and the only way to beat SYR in 2013 will be to hit 25 3′s. Don’t even think of about coming inside and don’t even think about a rebound.

    Unfortunately, UK has nobody on the roster for 2013. Coleman turned UK down for SYR. Noel needs to take a hint from Coleman, come to SYR and dominate Big East BB for a year. Who the heck wants to play BB in the SEC? What you play Florida and that’s it. And florida isn’t even that good. In the BE you play UCONN, Louisville, Gtown, St. Johns at the Garden, and that’s just the first week. Every conference game is FANtastic. Even Providence has a great class coming in for 2013. In the SEC you play SOuth Carolina, Georgia, Alabama—yawn.

    Noel will be bored to death by SEC conference play. If you want a challenge you know it is SYR and the BE.

  • Robert Moore

    Syracuse does not have a track record in developing big men. Despite my misgivings about Calipari, I cannot deny the fact that he has a better track record than Boeheim in developing talent. But JTIII is better than both of them in developing big men. Syracuse is a rogue program, and the NCAA has launched an investigating of that school. Experts believe that Syracuse will soon get its comeuppance. Georgetown University is therefore the best fit for Noel.

  • James

    I am a neutral fan with no college affiliation. Here is my opinion: If Nerlens wants to be a follower, go to UK. Its 1 and done University…I think he should make a name for himself at a school like Syracuse, and leave a big legacy behind (like Melo)…Gtown would be cool I guess but if he wants to win a national championship in his 1 year hes at school, SU or UK would be the place. SU has a bunch of returning players and I think Nerlens would become a better player by competing day in and day out with great competition from his own team. And, staying on the East Coast is great because his family and friends can come watch.

  • Robert Moore

    James, you are a Syracuse fan. You resorted to the trick of trying to pass for a neutral fan because you knew that Syracuse is a hard sell. It is for the reasons that I mentioned in my messages: It does not develop big men, and is a rogue program about to get its comeuppance. Georgetown University, on the other hand, is the best fit for Noel, because it alone offers him the following advantages: a tradition, system and atmosphere that will help him become the best player he can ever be, and a well-rounded person. His parents value education, and the spiritual and religious heritage of Georgetown University. He furthermore grew up a GU fan. We can’t wait to welcome you with open arms to the Georgetown University family.

  • dave

    I’m not gonna hide my allegiances. Please come to the ‘Cuse!

    In all honesty, there really is no wrong choice here and you can come up with pros and cons at each school but I know there are ton of Syracuse fans like me hoping you choose to help ‘Cuse win its second national title.

    Good luck in making this difficult decision.

  • RBaby

    In one year Fab Melo went from the biggest bust in college hoops to the Big East Defensive player of the year. He’s the biggest big man news in the BE since Patrick Ewing. He needed to hit the books as hard as he worked on the court but I think he’s happy with his future.
    Georgetown can’t offer the rabid fans base of either UK or SYR. You’re talking #1 and #2 in BB attendance- period. Georgetown does not get coverage in the New York City media market or ESPN like SYR does and in fact, the biggest rivalaries in the BE have become Louisville/SYR or UCONN/SYR- Louisville also has a large fan base. SYR played both these teams twice this year and Georgetown one. The schedule is designed for max exposure and profit for the BE. Georgetown is officially out of the loop. They played Pitt and Marq twice.

    Syracuse is facing no sanction from the courts, the NCAA or anywhere else. At Georgetown, Noel will be builings a program that is on the down swing. At SYR he’d be part of a program that had two one seeds in the past 3 years and loaded with proven talent and new talent. He’d play against the best teams in the best confernce twice and play a decent out-of-conference schedule. Syr is the right choice.

  • david

    Kentucky, duh!

  • Laura Farina

    Let’s face it, Nerlens Noel will be a great NBA player no matter where he plays for a year–or two. He is clearly a very bright young man capable of deciding where he will spend his college life. No one can doubt that Syracuse and Kentucky have great basketball programs and successful coaches but if what Nerlens values is education, family and community, leadership and a future that encompasses basketball and life after basketball, I strongly believe that Georgetown is his best choice. I like what pros pie g posted above in comparing Georgetown professionals to others “Look at Greg Monroe vs. Demarcus Cousins. Monroe has the better numbers and is light years ahead emotionally. At Big Man U Greg developed his post moves and defensive ability. He talks about Georgetown as a “special place” where he can talk to HOF centers regularly. Cousins hasn’t developed much since high school. …. Hibbert wasn’t a top 100 recruit and is now an NBA All-star that loves Georgetown. G’town guys reference the school all the time. Coach Cal guys see it as a post-grad year. If you want a family you have one in D.C. Syracuse: Fab Melo has domestic abuse issues (last summer) and academic issues, assistant coaches molest ball boys and the team fails drug tests and sweeps it under the rug. And they’re dangerously close to missing the tournament ala UConn.” This is factual and not about bashing other schools. As I recall, Nerlens has brothers who are athletes at other strong academic institutions such as Boston College. If Georgetown is his choice, Nerlens will excel on and off the court and have all of the support he needs to be a great basketball player and young man.

  • Laura Farina

    And for some of you, leave the racist BS off of this page.

  • TopGunn

    Nobody has seriously considers Georgetown Big Man U for more than 25 years now.
    For someone to say asst. coaches molest boys at SYR shows their lack of class and the desperation Gtown fans have as their program becomes less relevant each year.
    What other top athletes are considering Gtown?
    Just what I thought. None.

  • Robert Moore

    TopGunn, had you taken the time to read my messages you would not have made a fool of yourself in this forum. GU is still Big Man U because Roy Hibbert, who wasn’t a top 100 recruit, is now an NBA All-star, and Monroe almost became one this year. GU is the class of the Big East, academically, and in terms of basketball tradition. The Hoyas have the most Big East trophies, trips to the Final Four, all-stars, and HOFs. Our last trip to the Final Four was in 2007. More top players considered GU than Syracuse. Here is a list from the top of head for this year: Nerlens Noel, peoplewho was born to be a Hoya, Devonta Pollard, along with DSR (signed with GU), Kyle Anderson, Matt Britt, T.J. Warren, Robert Upshaw and Tony Parker. TopGunn you made a fool of yourself. GU has a mystique and a national following, which Syracuse can only dream of.
    GU is a model of integrity, while Syracuse is a rogue program. Georgetown University is therefore the best fit for Noel

  • Robert Moore

    TopGunn, had you taken the time to read my messages you would not have made a fool of yourself in this forum. GU is still Big Man U because Roy Hibbert, who wasn’t a top 100 recruit, is now an NBA All-star, and Monroe almost became one this year. GU is the class of the Big East, academically, and in terms of basketball tradition. The Hoyas have the most Big East trophies, trips to the Final Four, all-stars, and HOFs. Our last trip to the Final Four was in 2007. More top players considered GU than Syracuse. Here is a list from the top of head for this year: Nerlens Noel, who was born to be a Hoya, Devonta Pollard, along with DSR (signed with GU), Kyle Anderson, Matt Britt, T.J. Warren, Robert Upshaw and Tony Parker. TopGunn you made a fool of yourself. GU has a mystique and a national following, which Syracuse can only dream of.
    GU is a model of integrity, while Syracuse is a rogue program. Georgetown University is therefore the best fit for Noel.

  • Robert Moore

    To TopGunn,
    Had you taken the time to read my messages you would not have made a fool of yourself in this forum. GU is still Big Man U because Roy Hibbert, who wasn’t a top 100 recruit, is now an NBA All-star, and Monroe almost became one this year. GU is the class of the Big East, academically, and in terms of basketball tradition. The Hoyas have the most Big East trophies, trips to the Final Four, all-stars, and HOFs. Our last trip to the Final Four was in 2007. More top players considered GU than Syracuse. Here is a list from the top of head for this year: Nerlens Noel, who was born to be a Hoya, Devonta Pollard, along with DSR (signed with GU), Kyle Anderson, Matt Britt, T.J. Warren, Robert Upshaw and Tony Parker. TopGunn you made a fool of yourself. GU has a mystique and a national following, which Syracuse can only dream of.
    GU is a model of integrity, while Syracuse is a rogue program. Georgetown University is therefore the best fit for Noel.

  • Robert Moore

    Corrected text:
    More top players considered GU than Syracuse. Here is a list from the top of head for this year: Nerlens Noel, who was born to be a Hoya, Devonta Pollard, along with DSR (signed with GU), Kyle Anderson, Matt Britt, T.J. Warren, Robert Upshaw and Tony Parker. TopGunn you made a fool of yourself. GU has a mystique and a national following, which Syracuse can only dream of.

  • Frank

    There may be more players who consider playing for GU than SU but I wonder if there are more players considered to play for GU than UK? There are no other place where kids would mention playing for than Kentucky and this gotta be saying for something. Noel, stop think and choose. Choose the best place to play. Kentucky have it all – program traditional, best coach, game environment, best fans (distant to second), competing for national championship, preparing for NBA, and far many more to list. If I continue to rant reasoning, this will go from boring to totally boring because everybody already knew how amazing KY college ball is about.

  • Robert Moore

    Frank, UK is also a rogue program. Unlike Syracuse and UK, we get our players the legitimate way. We don’t have shady characters steering players our way. At GU, we win the honest way. The administration, the coaches and the fans will not have it any other way. Georgetown University is therefore the best fit for Noel, whose family values everything that Georgetown University stands for.

  • hale

    Gtown has no mystique anymore , you may get Noel but you still won’t be relevant. Kentucky is the number 1 program now and I put Syracuse between 6-8 nationally at the moment. I live in new Mexico and you hear more about Syracuse than gtown. I think Noel be better in Syracuse with there simple pick n roll offense and they love to be out in transition. But UK will get him in the end cause of cali gets who he wants

  • texastom123

    Did JT3 retire so his dad could resurrect “Bigman U?” Young John is more noted for bringing the Princeton offense to Gtown. Coach Cal will get him to the NBA but in all honesty anyone could do that. He can play for a HOF coach with his friends MCW & DJC in front of 30 thou + fans, and practice against quality bigs every day. All three offer something positive but SU will allow for a National Championship.

  • Robert Moore

    Isiah Thomas of the Huskies of Washington said in 2010 during the Wooden Classic that while white people think about Duke mystique, minorities think only about the Hoyas mystique. Syracuse fans, I am not surprised about your failure to defend the integrity of your institution, of the basketball program, and of the coaches, because, deep down, you all know that there is something rotten in Syracuse.
    FYI, the NCAAA is not just investigating drug and academic issues at that institution, but possibly also a middleman who has attempted to steer players to Syracuse. I made a case that only Georgetown University is the best fit for Noel. His family believes so, and so does his first coach. Noel always dreamt of wearing the Blue and Grey. Noel, it is time for you to follow your heart. Your parents will be proud of you. And so will all the people who root for institutions and teams with integrity.

  • TopGunn

    DOn’t be fooled by Robert Moore’s desperate rant. Look at the top 25 in recruiting classes this and try to find Georgetown on the list. Nobody– and I mean nobody is considering Georgetown. Those guys he named from this year don’t even get Gtown ranked in the top 25 for recruiting. SYR has two commits and we’re top 10 in Scout. Gtown is also unraked in ESPN. But Moore talks like Gtown is tops on somebody’s list.

  • GS0714

    In the last 5 years Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe have become top 5 centers in the NBA (both 25 or under). There are no NBA All-star big men from UK or Syracuse. Georgetown is Big Man U. Esherick just forced the program into hibernation for several years. People who follow basketball understand that.

    The last four years have been tough for G’town in terms of getting deep in the tourney but JT3 has shifted his recruiting strategy toward athletic, long athletes to play his defense. With Nerlens next year a final four run is a possibility. And let’s not forget G’town has been to more final fours and won as many Big East titles in the past si years as Syracuse. JT3 is a final four coach. He can get you there.

    SU unquestionably is the dirtiest programs in NCAA basketball. UK may have the same issues if you follow Coach Cal’s track record. Nerlens should come to GU where you can return to DC in the summers and be a part of a true academic institution with an incredible basketball tradition.

    Nerlens is a lottery pick regardless of where he chooses. The decision is Mr. Noel’s. Unfortunately 5-10 years from now he may regret it if he chooses SU or UK.

  • Robert Moore

    TopGunn, I don’t think you understand the meaning of “rant.” I backed up everything I said in my messages. I specifically answered your questions, which were as follows: “their program becomes less relevant each year” and “What other top athletes are considering Gtown?” Regarding the first question I mentioned that Georgetown under JTIII has won more Big East crowns than Boeheim. I should have added that in the last 6 years only four NCAA teams were ranked in the top 10. Two were from the Big East (none of which is Syracuse), and two from the ACC. The two Big East teams are the Hoyas and Pitt Panthers. This shows that the Hoyas are anything but “less relevant each year.”
    Another point that destroys your argument is the following: JTIII has produced more big time big men in 6 years than Boeheim in 35 years. As for your second point: “What other top athletes are considering Gtown?” In one of my previous messages, I listed all the players who considered and/or are still considering the Hoyas. In your last message, you conflated two contradictory statements into one: “Look at the top 25 in recruiting classes this [sic] and try to find Georgetown on the list. Nobody– and I mean nobody is considering Georgetown.” The ranking are not final, but you are disingenuous since I provided you with a list of players considering the Hoyas. Among those still considering the Hoyas are Noel, Devonta Pollard, and Tony Parker. So these players are “nobody” in your opinion? How about DSR, the best player in the best high school, and whose stated that he, and not his teammate, should have been selected for the McDonald game? Is he also a “nobody” in your opinion? He is better than any of the guards who will be playing for SUcks next year.
    You did not like the facts that I called Syracuse a rogue program (along with Kentucky) and that I pilloried a racist Syracuse fan who said that Patrick can’t read or write. I don’t apologize for unmasking racists. I repeatedly showed that Georgetown alone is the best fit for Noel.

  • Robert Moore

    Clarification:
    How about DSR, the best player in the best high school, and whose coach stated that he, and not his teammate, should have been selected for the McDonald game? Is he also a “nobody” in your opinion? He is better than any of the guards who will be playing for SUcks next year.

  • jimmy jam

    Georgetown is out of the question.
    UK or SYR.
    And if you think a one and done is more interested in academics than NBA millions- you’re crazy. Unless Gtown can get Noel a degree in one year, he won’t be there long enough to think about academics.

  • Robert Moore

    Jimmy Jam,
    You need to read all of my messages. I wrote that GU is the best fit for him whether he plans on being a one and done or on staying longer. In my previous message, I wrote that “JTIII has produced more big time big men in 6 years than Boeheim in 35 years.” JTIII has also produced better prime time big men in 6 years than Calipari in 25 years. These are facts that only the ignorant will challenge.
    In a nutshell, JIII and the Hoyas will better prepare Noel for the NBA than either the cuse or UK.
    I also wrote in an earlier message that Noel will learn more in one year at Georgetown University than he would in ten years at either Cuse or UK. No one in his right mind would deny this fact or the truth that a one-year stay at GU would not do wonder for him in the NBA.
    His family wants him to go to GU, and the reasons they got involved in his recruiting had to do with the shady characters who are seeking to exploit him (one of them was attempting to steer him to UK, and the other to Syracuse). The piece in the New York Times written by a Syracuse alumnus has highlighted the role of these two characters, although it conveniently omitted to mention that the character seeking to steer him to Syracuse has a link to that university and is furthermore an agent (the other shady character is also an agent). Pete Hamill, a Syracuse alumnus, threw Noel under the bus, and in the process his expose drew the attention of the NCA. Noel’s parents want to avoid this scandal, and this is why they want him to wear the Blue and Grey.
    Georgetown University is the best fit for Noel. Noel, who grew up a Hoya fan, knows it, his family knows it, and even the delusional Syracuse and UK fans deep down know that if things are on the up and up their schools have no chance of landing Noel.

  • Nick

    Noel will be coming into a class of underrated recruits, yet again, at Syracuse. Boeheim is very good at keeping the good kids around a year or two. That’s what he wants. Cooley, MCW, and the budding star Brandon Triche are all excellent in the open court, and will make it easy for Nerlens to play his game. As for defense, should he come to Syracuse he will be in the middle of that legendary 2-3. He’ll be able to dominate. Georgetown has had great recruits in the past, especially bigs. But nobody can say Greg Monroe was “developed” into a great center. Coming out of high school he was briefly compared to Bill Russell, so he actually had very high expectations. No doubt the Thompson’s can coach bigs, but with someone of that size on ‘Cuse, there is literally nobody that can contest.

  • hale

    My feeling is Kentucky 50% , Syracuse 30% , Georgetown 20%. Not a fan of any of those schools. Id go to cuse though if I were him. They have best team coming back no matter who Kentucky gets cuse still better team cause Kentucky will lose everyone. Cuse could win it all if they get Noel

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