Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Top prospect Nerlens Noel announced he's joining Kentucky, bolstering the Wildcats' hopes of defending their recent national championship and finishing with a fourth consecutive No. 1 recruiting class. The 6-foot-10 center from the Tilton School in New Hampshire selected the Wildcats over Syracuse and Georgetown on Wednesday night. ''I'll be taking my talents for college to play at the University of ...'' Noel said on ESPNU before turning around in his chair to show off the ''UK'' shaved in the back of his signature flat top hairstyle. The Wildcats won their eighth title in school history just over a week ago. Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones have until April 29 to decide whether to enter the NBA draft. But Kentucky coach John Calipari's development of Davis into the nation's best shot blocker with 186 swats clearly appeared to sway Noel, who is considered an even better defender than Davis wa...
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