Three remain in the chase for Nerlens Noel 

March, 19, 2012
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Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton), the nation’s top overall recruit and best defensive player, has trimmed his list.

“I cut it a little bit today,” Noel said Sunday night. “I took North Carolina off. I didn’t want to delay the process.” A potential March 19 visit to UNC isn’t happening. While Georgetown, Syracuse and Kentucky -- Noel’s final three -- have been with him a long time, the Tar Heels tried to make a run at him following his reclassification. Turns out it was too late. Connecticut was also trimmed from the final list.

“I think I’m getting close,” Noel said. “I think after my mom talks to coaches and Kentucky does an in-home visit. Then Syracuse is on Wednesday and my mom already met with Georgetown when she went with me on my visit.”