Nerlens Noel's decision to commit to the Kentucky Wildcats has secured a consecutive NCAA championship for John Calipari and the Big Blue Nation. As the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Noel has the talent to completely take over games for the Wildcats, and his effect on the team will be similar to the effect Anthony Davis had during the 2011-12 season.
Noel is a tremendous defender, and at 6'10" and 205 lbs. with a wingspan of 7'3", Noels dominates the paint. The Tilton School star has the ability to block shots with both hands, and he has no problem protecting the rim.
This incredible ability has a dramatic effect on opposing offenses, resulting in many altered shots. He also has an impressive ability to pass out of the post, and has no problems finding the open man.
Noel has been criticized for his offensive game, and rightfully so, he isn't a dominant offensive player. However, Noel is improving drastically, and he will have no problem contributing on offense at the next level. Additionally, the Wildcats will be able to start a lot of fast breaks off of Noel's blocks.
The rest of the 2012 Wildcats recruiting class is also very good, and will contribute mightily in Kentucky's march to the NCAA championship.
Five-star recruit Alex Poythress has the ability to score at will and will handle a lot of the scoring abilities. A tremendous athlete, Poythress can score both inside and out, and he will have no problem filling the stat sheet from the wing.
Archie Goodwin is another 5-star recruit who will have a tremendous impact on the team. An incredible athlete, Goodwin has a complete game, dominating on both offense and defense. Goodwin excels at breaking defenders down off the dribble and finishing in the lane.
On defense, Goodwin brings it, utilizing his athletic ability to frustrate opponents. Goodwin has plenty of potential to grow, and he could develop into a force in the college game.
The last member of Kentucky's 2012 recruiting class, Willie Cauley, will factor primarily on defense. Similar to Noel, Cauley is a dominant defensive big man, excelling at blocking shots and controlling the glass. A front line of Cauley and Noel will be near impossible to score at the rim on.
Deservedly, Kentucky's recruiting class receives most of the attention. However, there is significant talent returning for the 'Cats. Ryan Harrow and Kyle Wiltjer are talented players who will provide a veteran presence.
Wiltjer and his inside-outside game will step into the spotlight this year. After being overshadowed last year by the rest of his recruiting class, Wiltjer, a former 5-star recruit, will have no problem playing a significant role in the offense. Whether it is in the post or from the three-point line, Wiltjer will have no problem putting the ball through the net.
Harrow, an N.C. State transfer, has starting experience, and will step right into the starting lineup to run the Kentucky offense. The ability to practice against Marquis Teague and the rest of the team during the 2011-12 season will pay dividends for the 2012-13 teams.
The 2012-13 teams will win another national championship because they are a complete team. They are athletic and physical, they have size, they play defense and they can score.
The Wildcats have elite players at every position on the floor, and while they won't post the same record that the 2011-12 team did, this group of 'Cats will have no problem running through the SEC and earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Noel is the final piece to the Wildcats winning a consecutive NCAA championship, and with him in the fold, they have guaranteed that title.
The 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats will win the NCAA championship.