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Nerlens Noel reportedly taking two summer school classes

Jul 9, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT


Nerlens Noel’s game is ready for the jump to Kentucky. He’s perhaps the premier shot blocker of the last 20 years, with offensive skills that are rapidly catching up.

Now he just needs to ensure his grades are ready.

Per the Boston Herald, Noel is taking two summer classes at Everett High in order to boost his GPA to meet NCAA standards. Noel attended Everett for two years before transferring to the Tilton School in New Hampshire. He was originally part of the class of 2013, but re-classified earlier this year.

That’s also why he’s in summer school. Noel would’ve had another year to get his academics in order. But now he’s gotta hurry.

This also isn’t anything new. Two members of the NCAA reportedly investigated Noel’s academic background at Everett back in May and if he’d be able to get everything done in time to play in 2012-13. That meeting also served as a probe into his relationship with Chris Driscoll, a former Providence assistant.

Will Noel be ready to play for the Wildcats for their first game? I’d guess he’ll have no trouble completing the classes and probably do the same to ensure any test scores need to be met. Hey, when a season at Kentucky – and possibly the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 – is on the line, one doesn’t dillydally.

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  1. xli2006 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Never ends with UK and Cal. Good thing for them, the NCAA is asleep at the wheel.

  2. imforbigblue - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    It’s ok this kid jumped ahead a full year so nothing wrong with making sure all his grades are in order. Plus you know all the haters will come and call Cal a cheater and other crap

  3. roland66and7 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    What do you mean “it never ends”? When was UK’s last academic suspension? How many issues have come up in Cal’s tenure in Lexington? Answer: zero, which is fewer than Jim Calhoun, Roy Williams, Tom Crean, Rick Pitino, or Coach K.

    But don’t let the facts get in the way of some good old fashioned jealousy.

  4. karlton2 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    The only academic issue Tom Crean has had is that he took over for Kelvin Sampson. His first class posted a 975 and every class since then has posted a perfect 1000 APR.

  5. chucky56 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Uhhhh.. Calipari has 2 vacated Final Fours… genius. And wasn’t it only 2 yrs ago that Enes Kanter was ruled ineligible? Yeah bro, squeeky clean coach and squeeky puppy mill over there at UK.

  6. packhawk04 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Eric bledsoe says… “cal hasnt had issues at UK? Coulda fooled me.”

  7. imforbigblue - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Wow your a fucking moron “BRO” cal didn’t do damn thing wrong to give up those FF’s but you would know that if your hate’n ass could read. I guess it was his fault Camby took money at umass from a agent even though cal turned him in. I also guess it was his fault the jack offs at the NCAA cleared rose to play college basketball and waited till the end of the season to say he couldn’t play them made memphis give up its wins and FF and all the while the NCAA has said a million times cal has never done one thing wrong. So keep spitting out your hate and bullshit because us UK fans love it means we’re on top looking down at all you cry baby haters lol

  8. chucky56 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    We’ll see if you’re still defending Calipari in 2yrs when he bolts for the NBA and leaves your UK program with nothing but NCAA sanctions and vacated titles. Have fun with that…

  9. fnc111 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I hope the Bulls suck bad this year with no Rose and Stern rewards them with the number 1 pick and they pick this cat.

  10. roland66and7 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    The two final fours were per-UK and the result of player behavior off the court, not anything Cal did. Enes Kanter was ruled ineligible because he played in Europe, where the system is different–Josh Selby from Kansas had a nearly identical eligibility issue but was still allowed to play (which smells of home cooking any way you slice it).

    The only issue Cal has had at UK was Daniel Orton ditched classes after he decided to leave for the NBA, and you never, EVER hear Cal talk about Orton. He’s been shut out of the program for not taking care of his business.

    Until you Cal-haters find a new argument and some evidence, this is all just going to continue to look like what it really is: jealousy. Kentucky is back on top, and is so good there’s no reason to have to cheat. Every top player wants to play for UK, and if they decide not to they have to have an answer other than “couldn’t handle the pressure.” Kentucky is an absolute machine and is doing everything by the book and a lot of people just can’t accept that.

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