The basketball world was rocked this week by the news that 6'10" center Nerlens Noel will be reclassifying to his original graduating high school class this year. This is huge news for college basketball fans of one of the lucky seven programs still in the hunt for the young star.
Starting this fall, the now best center prospect in the class of 2012 will become an immediate game changer for either an ACC, Big East or SEC school. He is the absolute best shot-blocker at the high school level since Greg Oden in 2006.
His offensive game is rapidly developing as well, so not only will his future school be getting an absolute terror on the defensive end, but an evolving offensive threat who will undoubtedly be a one-and-done prospect and 2013 NBA Draft lottery pick.
Here are the seven programs who are still in the running to land the best center recruit in high school basketball.