Well, Pollard has cut Kentucky, so not sure about the rest of the article. Not sure what one guy's quote from an unnamed school (us? SUcks, Prov?) means.
We calmly grabbed our free beers and sauntered out. To add to the fun, we made T shirts that read "thanks for the memories... of kicking your AS#!" on the back along with a picture of a hand crushing an orange which we calmly unveiled in the final few minutes so the thousands of Cuse fans sitting behind us could enjoy. May have been the perfect day.--DaymondMyles
I think it's safe to say, the longer Noel takes to decide, the worse Georgetown's chances are. The good feelings from his visit subside over time, and there'll be plenty of time for handlers, etc to muddle the process. I really was hoping he'd decide before New Orleans, but now it seems like that may not happen...
Nerlens also tweeted something about "all these rumors..." or something similar today. There are a lot of people out there willing to create rumors for teams they like or be quoted saying something just so they can be quoted saying something no matter if its true or not.
Noel may go to Kentucky, but i think the chances of them landing BOTH Noel and Shabazz are extremely low. More of a chance they get neither i think.
"And yet another Hoyatalk discussion derailed by a debate over topography."- strummer85
Does anyone else get the weird feeling that Nerlens is never going to play in a college game. The weird nature of this recruitment makes me feel like there's a chance the NCAA will prevent him from ever suiting up. I hope its not the case, but it wouldn't shock me.
There's nothing particularly weird about this recruitment that I can see. He reclassified, is seemingly qualified, and has been taking visits since he was able to do so officially. By the standards of top recruits, there are recruitments that are way more circus-like than this one.
Most recruits don't have a full New York Times article about shady handlers that they're potentially involved with either. Not to mention RDF's discovery that Randolph is connected to or works for a sports agency. There are definitely questions.
If you can find me a top 5 recruit without hangers on (or wannabe hangers on) I would like to see them. It's all just circumstantial and without a hell of a lot more evidence it certainly wouldn't impact his eligibility.
Not saying that it certainly will impact his eligibility. I'm just pointing out that a lot of smoke has been building on this, and that if it continues to do so, there could be trouble. There are just a lot of things that are looking sketchier by the day: the article, Randolph, and I believe alleninixis said that someone had been told "this one is going to the highest bidder". Is any of this uncommon? No. However, this is an extremely high profile recruitment, and the more attention that gets drawn to it, I'd say the greater the chance that these things are investigated in further detail. By no means a certainty, but the possibility exists without a doubt.
Post by FrazierFanatic on Mar 28, 2012 14:58:40 GMT -5
I hate to even throw this cynical speculation out there, but is there any chance that the kid's handlers convinced him to put us out there into his top 3 to try to add some legitimacy to the process and make it look a little less like an all-out bidding war, especially if they had some inkling that the NYT article was coming out at some point? Crazy thought, I know - but not the craziest thing that has ever happened in recruiting.
The "smoke" is being started by Jon Rothstein who has so much Peter Vescey in him and Adam Zagoria.
These two bozos are the least informed morons on in the media-unless you want ridiculous comparisons that are inaccurate, or info on Bruce Springsteen's tour dates.
Noel could very well end up at Kentucky--but I'm going to revert back to what Alleninxis said and realize that Hoyas are a LONGSHOT in this one--despite being a finalist. He wouldn't say what he did without having good insight, and in this level of player's recruitment-this is how things often operate--to maximize the bidding.
If you don't feel like reading the whole thing, the pull quote is illuminating:
"If Kentucky is simultaneously the most straightforward finishing school for future professionals and the best place to win a national championship, there's no reason for a blue-chip high school senior to go anywhere else."