Nerlens Noel Subject of NCAA Inquiry?

By on May 10, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments
Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel
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Nerlens Noel, a top basketball recruit who has committed to play at Kentucky, has been a subject of an NCAA inquiry, several US news sites reported on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

According to a New York Times report on Tuesday, NCAA sent two members of its enforcement staff to Massachusetts to inquire about Noel. School officials of Everett High School had a meeting with Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith, assistant directors of enforcement with the NCAA.

According to Louis Baldi, the principal of the school as quoted by New York Times, the meeting lasted an hour and 15 minutes and centered on “concerns we had as adults” for Noel.

“It was a conversation, very collegial. That was really it. They didn’t ask me any investigative-type questions,” Baldi reportedly said. However, the specifics of the conversation were not revealed by Baldi.

According to some reports, most of the inquiries seem to be based on Noel‘s relationships with his support system, which includes former Providence assistant Chris Driscoll and former Everett High substitute teacher Errol Randolph, who serves as one of Noel‘s advisers.

Meanwhile, Kentucky basketball spokesman John Hayden reportedly said that he is unaware of any investigation regarding their recruitment of Noel.

“There’s nothing for us to say. We’re not under any investigation. To my knowledge, we’ve not been contacted (by the NCAA),” Hayden was quoted as saying.



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