High-SchoolBoys-Basketball: John Thompson Jr.
March, 15, 2012
By Nerlens Noel | ESPN.com
ESPNHS IllustrationNerlens Noel, the top-ranked player in the ESPNU 100, blogs about his recruiting experience.Nerlens Noel | Senior | Center | Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.)
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After reclassifying from 2013 to 2012, Nerlens Noel went from being the No. 2-ranked junior to the No. 1-ranked senior in the ESPNU 100. Now heavyweight programs like UConn, Kentucky, North Carolina and Syracuse, among others, are scrambling to get Noel on campus next season. That makes him the most sought-after player in the country. Noel has agreed to give ESPNHS exclusive access into his world by chronicling his thoughts in a blog.
What’s up everybody!
Of course you know it’s Nerlens Noel and I’m back with a brand new blog entry.
By now a lot of you know that I made the Jordan Brand Classic game. I’m really excited to be playing in that game with all of my boys from AAU and high school. Just to be a part of that game is special and I gotta give a big shoutout to Jordan and Nike for allowing me to be a part of it all.
I also got picked to play for the East in the All-American Championship tournament in New Orleans on April 1. I’m excited about that too. Both are gonna be a lot of fun.
I actually just got back from another recruiting visit, this time I went on an official visit to Georgetown. It’s official now because everything’s been processed and I’m officially a member of the 2012 class.
I’m really excited to be a senior.
OK so back to my visit, I got there in the morning and checked into the hotel and that evening we went out to dinner with the coaching staff.
We ended up going to a Caribbean place because they were asking my mom what she wanted to eat and that’s what she picked. That spot was good too. They brought out the sizzling hot skillet for me and I loved the food.
It wasn’t as good as my mom’s food, but it was good. That night I ended up hanging out with some of the players and we ended up playing NBA 2K.
Most people may not know this but I’m a master at 2K, but these guys at Georgetown had all of these updated rosters and I’m not used to playing like that so I ended up losing by two to Jabril Trawick.
That was my first "L" in a while. I wasn’t happy about that.
Sunday I got to watch the team practice and I sat down with Coach John Thompson Jr. That was cool just to sit down with a man like that who’s accomplished so much. He was really knowledgeable. I learned a lot from him in our talk.
That night we all watched Selection Sunday and that was pretty live. Some of the students there had made posters about me and they started chanting “We want Ner-lens!” I thought that was pretty cool.
The best poster was “Bring the flattop to the Hilltop!”
Then when they saw their seeding they all went crazy of course.
Monday I took a tour of the campus and went to all the shops with my mom and we got to eat at the famous Georgetown Cupcake. The line was wrapped way around the place, but I’ve got to tell you guys that those cupcakes were real good!
I had a chance to talk with Coach John Thompson III and he talked a lot about how successful the program had been with big men. He said that they had the blueprint to develop players like me and I’ve got to say that I was definitely feeling what they were saying.
Georgetown was definitely a great visit.
It’s looking like North Carolina will be my next stop and I’m not sure, but I think that I’ll be visiting there March 19-20, but that’s not definite just yet.
After that I’m thinking about taking an official visit to Kentucky. My first visit to Kentucky was an unofficial one so I may take the official visit there this time.
Before I forget, I just want to say that there are definitely a lot of untruths to a certain article that was written about me recently in the New York Times. I don’t really want to even feed in to the negativity.
All I will say is that the negative things in that article just aren’t true. I’m a positive guy and I want to move forward in a positive direction with positive people. That’s it.
On another note, people ask me all the time if I have plans to cut the high top and I’ll let you guys know here and now there are no plans to cut my hair any time soon. I don’t plan to grow it any higher either. I’m just gonna leave it like it is.
OK everybody I appreciate you reading my blog and like I always say, if you don’t read it here directly from me on my blog then it’s not true.
Thanks again everyone, I’ll be back with my next entry real soon.
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