NCAA is sniffing around Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel

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You remember Nerlens Noel, right? The young man that was offered a Kentucky fan’s wife if he signed with the Wildcats. Well Noel did indeed sign with Kentucky, but there are now doubts that Noel will be eligible to suit up for the Wildcats.

According to the New York Times, the NCAA has opened an investigation into Noel and a few of his relationships from his time in high school.

The N.C.A.A. sent two members of its enforcement staff to Massachusetts this week to inquire about Nerlens Noel, who is the country’s top basketball recruit and has committed to play at Kentucky.

Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith, assistant directors of enforcement with the N.C.A.A., went to Everett High School on Tuesday to meet with school officials about the 6-foot-10 Noel, who spent his freshman and sophomore years there. Merrill and Smith specialize in basketball-related issues.

A person who has been briefed on the N.C.A.A.’s inquiry said the topics officials were planning on inquiring about included Noel’s relationship with Chris Driscoll, a former Providence assistant who is close to Noel. Driscoll was barred this year from campus at the Tilton School, the New Hampshire boarding school where Noel has spent the past two years and is completing his final year of high school.

N.C.A.A. officials also planned to find out about Noel’s relationship with Errol Randolph, a former substitute teacher at Everett High School who is another of Noel’s advisers, according to the person briefed on the inquiry. Until recently, Randolph had a link on his LinkedIn page directing people to the Web site of the sports agency run by the prominent basketball agent Andy Miller. The link to Miller’s ASM Sports Web site has since been removed.

N.C.A.A. officials also planned to inquire about Noel’s finances, according to the person briefed on the inquiry. He flew on unofficial visits this year to Kentucky and Louisville that were not paid for by the universities.

Looks like Kentucky itself has nothing to worry about other than having their top recruit’s eligibility in jeopardy.

And since this is the NCAA we’re talking about, this is sure to be a long drawn-out process that will keep the Noel in limbo even if there’s nothing to be found here.

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