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Noel officially visits Hoyas; UNC next?

3/12/2012

There are a pair of newsworthy pieces of information regarding No. 1 Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton).

There’s been a lot of buzz about Noel’s visits to Kentucky and Syracuse. At first, we thought they were official but I was quickly alerted they were not. At the time of his trips to Syracuse and subsequently to Kentucky, Noel was still officially a junior.

This weekend, however, he’ll visit the Georgetown Hoyas officially. The implication there is that Noel has been deemed a senior at the Tilton School. If he had not been, then this weekend’s visit to Hoyaland would have been unofficial.

We know Kentucky and Syracuse are players. Plus, Noel recently said he’d like to visit North Carolina and Florida.

There’s reason to believe that the visit with UNC may take place March 19. Squeezing in official visits during March, especially during what UNC hopes is a deep tournament run, is tricky. Should North Carolina and Noel finalize the March 19 visit, it would help UNC if the Heels were stationed in Greensboro for their first two round games. Either way, the Monday visit might be doable.