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"I just thought over the season that I thought I was getting a higher level of competition and was working on my game," Noel said. "I reclassified because I was hurt but I feel like I'm ready to play at the next level."
Two weeks ago, Noel was the dominant big man at the HoopHall Classic. Though he'd been thinking about making the move since November, that event helped to push him toward the decision. "It kind of put me over the top but it was on my mind for a while," Noel said.
Noel and Jabari Parker (Chicago, Ill./Simeon) were head to head engaged in a battle for the top spot in the loaded 2013 class. There is reason to believe that Noel will slide past Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) and take over the No. 1 spot in the Class of 2012.
Next up for Noel is selecting a college. He has five visits and his first will be to Syracuse the weekend of Nov. 11. He’s been to Providence and Connecticut and may not need official visits to the local schools.
"I'm ready to do it. It's a short window of time to pick a school and that's a concern to get out there and visit and maintain all my schoolwork." In addition to Syracuse, UConn and Providence, Kentucky, Florida, Georgetown and North Carolina are on his list.
"I think I'm going to visit Kentucky, Florida, Georgetown and North Carolina," Noel said. "Some of the coaches gave me dates but I have a couple of big games on those days so they're not really planned yet."
Noel won't rush his decision but his recruiting will be conducted quickly and will culminate this spring. “There’s not really a timeframe for me to wrap it up. I just want to get in as many visits to these schools before signing day.”