Kentucky Basketball: NCAA Reportedly Inquired About Prized Commit Nerlens Noel
The NCAA is snooping around one of John Calipari's recruits. Again.
According to the New York Times, two members of the NCAA's enforcement team were in Massachusetts this week investigating potential eligibility issues regarding Nerlens Noel, the No. 1 college basketball recruit in the country and the gem of Kentucky's incoming class.
Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith, the NCAA representatives involved, went to Everett High School in Boston, where Noel spent his first two years of high school and were hoping to meet with Leo Papile, Noel's AAU coach with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club.
The report suggests that the investigators are interested in two particular individuals—Chris Driscoll and Errol Randolph.
Driscoll was at one point an assistant coach at Providence College and shared a close relationship with Noel. Driscoll was recently barred from the campus of the Tilton School in New Hampshire, where Noel has been for the last two years and from which he is currently working to graduate. Officials at the school were allegedly worried that Driscoll was attempting to take advantage of Noel.
Randolph has also been counted among Noel's advisers. A former substitute teacher at Everett High, Randolph came into question when officials discovered a link on his LinkedIn page that led to the website of ASM Sports, a sports agency run by basketball agent Andy Miller. Randolph claims that he is not associated with Miller in any formal capacity, paid or otherwise.
The NCAA is also attempting to find out how Noel managed to pay for unofficial visits to Kentucky and Louisville last year that were not paid for by either university.
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