Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm Nerlens Noel, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012, announced he will attend and play basketball at Kentucky next season.Noel had previously narrowed his choices down to three schools: Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown.Noel made the decision in a live telecast on ESPNU, one hour after the No. 2 recruit, Shabazz Muhammad, decided to attend UCLA. Noel, known for his flattop haircut, shaved the UK logo into the back of his head.‘I’ll be taking my talents for college to play at the University of …’ Noel said, before swiveling around in his chair to reveal the UK logo.‘I felt comfortable with these three schools,’ Noel said on ESPNU. ‘I built good relationships with the coaching staffs. I felt I could play well in any three of these styles.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNoel, rated the top recruit in the class by Scout.com, is a 6-foot-10, 205-pound center from Tilton School in Tilton, N.H. He was originally a member of the Class of 2013, but reclassified and moved up a year in February.Syracuse’s recruiting class for next year currently features the No. 6 center in the class, DaJuan Coleman, and the No. 7 power forward, Jerami Grant. Had it included Noel, Syracuse would have shot up the recruiting ranks, and likely the preseason ranks for next year.For the Orange and the Hoyas, missing out on Noel is a big hit for their 2012-13 national championship aspirations.‘You lose someone that can help you go to a Final Four. I mean, it’s that simple,’ Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow said. ‘It’s not easy to get to a Final Four, and to get there you have to have guys that are professional basketball players. That’s the only way to do it.‘And Nerlens Noel is a professional basketball player.’Snow said Noel, a talented shot blocker, can completely dominate a game without scoring. And the top recruit will slide right into the Kentucky lineup to replace national player of the year Anthony Davis, who will likely declare for the NBA Draft. Davis is projected as the No. 1 overall pick in a mock draft on draftexpress.com.Noel immediately places Kentucky at the top of national championship contenders next season, Snow said. He said the center is even better than advertised, warranting comparisons to former Georgetown great Alonzo Mourning.‘They needed him. Now, granted they would have been fine without him, they’re Kentucky, but they needed him to get back to the level that they want to be at, which is holding up a trophy on the final day of the college basketball season,’ Snow said. ‘So they needed him and for college basketball, it just means you got to chase the Wildcats again.’In the end, he decided to join Kentucky, making the defending national champions the early favorites in 2013.‘I just thought it was the best fit for me, personally,’ Noel said. ‘I talked to my mom. She liked it as well.’[email protected]@syr.edu–Staff writer Michael Cohen contributed reporting to this article.
Vice President Joseph N. Boakia has donated L$132,000 to each of the 15 counties, totaling L$1,980,000, in appreciation for their participation in the 2015/2016 County Meet.The donation was done on Friday, January 23, in the offices of the vice president on Capitol Hill.The vice president’s donation was owing to the “level of sportsmanship showed by counties” during the preliminary and finals of the Meet.For instance, during the preliminary, Grand Cape Mount County almost boycotted the game owing to an alleged complaint from the match official and Gbarpolu dropped their protest against Lofa for fielding an alleged foreigner.In Monrovia, Nimba County nearly went back to the mountains and hang their jerseys in the kickball version owing to their dissatisfaction over the Appeal Board ruling upholding the result between Nimba vs Bassa; and Lofa County dropped the protest against Montserrado County for allegedly fielding more than three players from a 3rd division team.In a brief but heartfelt statement in expressing his appreciation Vice President Boakai said the funds was in fulfillment of his promise during the quarterfinals of the football and kickball categories in Monrovia.Vice President Boakai stated that the “love of county” and the “oneness in spirit” showed that the country is moving forward. He added that the County Meet produces “good quality players” and if players who played for Nimba and Grand Gedeh in the 2012 finals were kept they would have represented the country in international tournaments.An ardent fan of Arsenal, Vice President Boakai also said there are also some quality players from the just ended Meet.Earlier, outgoing Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe thanked the vice president for his continued support to the Ministry and the county teams.Bomi County Sports Coordinator, Rev. Stephen C. Kollie said “Vice President Boakai has filled our mouths with laughter” because of the donation.On behalf of the Counties Rev. Kollie described the donation as a “worthy cause” and said the vice president helped them during the County Meet.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. said besides uniting Liberians through sports, the games also provide temporary employment for the youthful players and technicians and develop sports infrastructure across the country with funding from the government.He indicated that since 2006, the annual event has been decentralized and combined with other sports disciplines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)