The top college basketball recruit in the nation has one thing getting in the way of replacing National Player of the Year Anthony Davis- his academic profile. There’s no question the 6’10″ center will become the centerpiece of the Wildcats, but unless he elevates his poor GPA to become academically eligible to play, his time to shine may have to wait. Its a good thing he’s doing something about it though, as the Boston Herald reports Noels has enrolled in summer class at Everett High School.
The NCAA has been on top of this since his commitment to Kentucky, but this should put some of their concerns about meeting their academic standards to rest, so long as Noels does well in summer school of course. The interesting thing is Noel was initially going to be part of the Class of 2013, but he reclassified to the Class of 2012 earlier this year so time is not on his side, academically speaking.
Noel could become one of the most electric shot blockers in the past two decades. Yes, its true Noel will have to put the full court press on his studies this August (no pun intended), but its not like he doesn’t have the motivation. When a season at Kentucky and therefore a potential No.1 NBA draft pick is on the line, I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’ll get his act together.