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'Cats title run captures Noel's attention

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08:27 AM ET 04.05 | Monday's national title may have complicated things for highly recruited prospect Nerlens Noel. [Noel] said the Kentucky Wildcats' NCAA Tournament title makes him "think about Kentucky more," but the young star blogged that he still has not decided where he will play basketball next season. Noel, a 7-foot senior center at the Tilton (N.H.) School, is the top-rated player in the Class of 2012, according to ESPN and Scout. He has narrowed his college choices to Syracuse, Kentucky and Georgetown, and set April 11 as the date he will announce his choice. Though the date is just a week away, Noel says he has yet to make a final decision. "I've heard the rumors about me making a decision already. That's not true," ... he wrote in his blog.

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April 5, 2012  09:05 AM ET

I think it captured a lot of people's attention....can't all go to UK

April 5, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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I think it captured a lot of people's attention....can't all go to UK

Yes they can. The Wildrats have had the highest concentration of freshman talent in the nation the last three years. Why not again?

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April 5, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Did you see his record in three seasons at UK, he is 102-14 in just three years, like, wow.

Yep, that's why I said why not. They'll always have roster spots for the top incoming freshmen why not get all the best kids if they have the room.

April 5, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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Yep, that's why I said why not. They'll always have roster spots for the top incoming freshmen why not get all the best kids if they have the room.

sorry bout the grammar...lack of coffee...and edumacation.

April 5, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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So, he gets the top money now, so why would he leave?

E-G-O

April 5, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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E-G-O

Coaches with big egos at major universities. Say it ain't so?

April 5, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Coach Cal and his revolving door. It'll be a shame when he leaves for another school/NBA right before the NCAA decides to investigate Kentucky. Wins and NC vacated, post season bans, etc.

April 5, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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Cal is going to coach in the NBA kid. Don't you know.

He's already coaching the NBA...Don't "YOU" know

April 5, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Never heard of this kid but I sure hope Boeheim can persuade him to come.

April 5, 2012  09:35 AM ET

He's been lucky so far... Pretty soon NCAA will close in on him, and find some sort of infraction. He's thus far dodged bullets (Harrelson) but soon enough... soon enough my friends....

April 5, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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sorry bout the grammar...lack of coffee...and edumacation.

LMAO...you said grammar...LOL

April 5, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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No he is not. He tried that already, and failed, so why would he try it again?"

As long as someone tells Noel that there is even the slightest chance...

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April 5, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Check out the SI Championship package banner above this thread, must have been made by a UK grad...

April 5, 2012  10:01 AM ET

This kid will probably go to kentucky where he will only have to stay seven months, take virtually no classes, get some under the table money then off to the NBA. Sounds like a sweet deal.

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April 5, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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That is why he will stay, the BB head coach in that state, more ego feeding freenzy going on there than ANYWHERE else. Unless you have lived there, you just cannot imagine how it is, nothing to compare it to anywhere. He is bigger in that state than the "Bear" was in Bama, much bigger, just think on that. He is making money like he is in the NBA, coaches NBA guys, lives better than any King has ever, no reason to ever leave.

Gotta disagree with you on that one.
Do you really think that Calipari feels any loyalty whatsoever to kentucky?
He gave THEM what they wanted.
He could feel perfectly comfortable leaving there having won a championship.

As a coach, deep down inside he knows that he failed, and failed miserably, on a higher level
in his profession.

I had to laugh yesterday when somebody posted a joke about Bobby Petrino and the devil being to afraid to tell him something because Petrino is such a tough guy. Yeah, right. Tell the Atlanta Falcons locker room how tough a guy Petrino is. No matter how many championships Saban, Petrino or Spurrier may win, and however a good life they may now live, they go to bed every night knowing that they failed on the biggest stage in their profession. And with the ego that a top college coach has to have, this would have to bother them.

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