Many Syracuse fans had high hopes when they learned that the top recruit in the 2012 class had Syracuse in his top three schools. The scene in the Carrier Dome when he arrived for his official visit can only be described as a frenzy. People believed that they were looking at the next great Syracuse big man.
Orange fans were crushed, however, when he elected to attend the University of Kentucky instead of suiting up for the Orange. Although it would have been nice to see Noel in the middle of coach Jim Boeheim's famous 2-3 zone, I am going to explain why Syracuse is going to be fine without Nerlens.