Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
After considering his options, Nerlens Noel has decided to remain in the Class of 2013 instead of 2012.
“It was a possibility but I’ve been coming to the decision that… I’ll be staying 2013,” Noel told Harrison Sanford of FiveStarBasketball.com after the recent HoopHall Classic. “I’m just staying to get stronger. I think it’s going to be a good summer, a good school year. I tried to stay stress-free, just really focused on working hard academically, in the weight room and on the court and just leaving that recruiting stuff for when I got free time.
“I just can’t let it interfere with my main goal is just to get better.”
Noel made similar comments to SNY.tv last October.
Arguably the best American shot-blocker not in the NBA (including Anthony Davis), the 6-foot-10 Noel is being recruited hardest by Syracuse, UConn, Kentucky, Louisville and Georgetown, Tilton (N.H.) school coach Marcus O’Neil previously told SNY.tv.
“The type of program thats fits me is probably up-tempo, that likes to move the ball and just go,” Noel told Five Star. “But then again I think I can play in a good offense running system that gets their big men the ball, high and low.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.