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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Nerlens Noel named Naismith Finalist

By ESPNBoston.com

The Atlanta Tipoff Club released the finalists for the Naismith Boys' High School Player of the Year award yesterday, and among the four finalists was Everett native and Tilton (N.H.) center Nerlens Noel.

The 6-foot-10 Noel -- who reclassified to the Class of 2012 last month and is now the nation's No. 1 overall player -- joined Bishop Gorman (Nev.) forward Shabazz Muhammad, Grace Prep (Texas) center Isaiah Austin and St. Anthony (N.J.) swingman Kyle Anderson among the finalists.

The winner will be recognized by the Atlanta Tipoff Club at its season-ending Naismith Awards Banquet March 22, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

“This was one of my goals,” Noel told ESPNHS' Jason Jordan. “It’s a great achievement to be recognized as a finalist. I thank God for this opportunity.”