Noel, Muhammad on top of ESPNU 100 

April, 6, 2012
Next week, the announcements from Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton School) and Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman), the Nos. 1 and 2 players in the ESPNU 100, will alter the landscape of college basketball. Their decisions will have a major impact on the balance of power next season.

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J.Anthony Roberts/ESPNHS.comNerlens Noel remains No. 1 in the ESPNU 100, but Shabazz Muhammad isn't far behind.
Noel is a game-changer on the defensive side who is good enough to create havoc in the paint at the rim and agile enough to make would-be shooters think twice about letting it fly -- even on the perimeter. Muhammad is the biggest fan draw in the class and the top senior scorer. His approach rarely changes, and when singularly focused on a clear mission, as was the case at the McDonald’s All-American Game, it’s best to get out of his way. Noel and Muhammad occupy the upper tier of the class and are in the category of potential superstars, which they share all to themselves.

In advance of our signing day special on April 11 (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. ET), when the decisions of Noel and Muhammad will be unveiled, we freshened up our rankings. Overall, the movement was slight as the body of work for these seniors draws to a close.