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Top recruit picks Kentucky over SU, Georgetown

Nerlens Noel announced that he would play for the Wildcats Wednesday night on ESPNU.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A top basketball prospect who had listed Syracuse University among his top three choices has picked national champions Kentucky as his future school.

Nerlens Noel announced that he would play for the Wildcats Wednesday night on ESPNU.

Alongside SU and Kentucky, Noel had listed Georgetown among his top three choices for schools.

The 6-foot-10 center is considered one of the top shot blockers at the high school level since Greg Oden.

Previously Reported:

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The high school senior who many call the nation's top basketball recruit plans to announce on national TV tonight which school he will attend in the fall, and he says Syracuse is among the three finalists.

Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 215 pound center from The Tilton School in New Hampshire, has narrowed his decision to three schools: Syracuse Orange, Georgetown Hoyas, or Kentucky Wildcats.

He plans to make his announcement tonight at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Noel has been blogging on ESPN.com, where he talked about how he feels about Syracuse.

“I look at Syracuse and I love the way that the coaches say they’ll use me in their offense. I really like the family atmosphere there and I feel really comfortable there. Syracuse has been on me the longest of all three schools and that is big for me.”

In a previous blog entry, he discussed his February visit to Syracuse.

"I went to Syracuse on Feb. 10 and I had a really good time there. Their fans were great, and I spent a lot of time with the coaches and the players. When I first got there I met up with coach Jim Boeheim in the Carmelo Anthony Center and we had a good talk. He talked to me about how he would use me in their system and things like that."

Noel also attended the February 11 game against UConn, when 33,430 fans packed the Dome.

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