Noel visiting UConn, Cuse; to discuss it in live chat

Class of 2013 center Nerlens Noel is visiting Connecticut Wednesday and Syracuse this weekend and will chat live about those visits Thursday at 2:oo p.m. (EST) right here at National Recruiting Spotlight.

Noel will also be answering questions regarding any other schools, developments in his recruitment and anything else you can think of. You can submit questions early to joshpaunil@gmail.com and we ask that you include your name and location as well. The link to the live chat (published later) will also be opened 15 minutes before Noel will join us at 1:45 p.m. (EST) to allow for questions to be submitted directly to him. Continue reading

Robert Carter Stays In-State, Chooses Yellow Jackets

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Class of 2012 power forward Robert Carter decided to stay close to home today when he committed to Georgia Tech over Florida and Georgia, citing location and comfort level as the main reasons why.

“I have a big family — six sisters and one brother — and my entire family is in the state of Georgia,” the 6’8, 260-pound big man told ESPN.com. “My heart just felt Georgia Tech was right for me.”

He also appreciated the level of interest they showed in him. “They were at almost every one of my games this summer,” he said. “It showed me I was important to the program.”

Carter will be joining shooting guard Chris Bolden and small forward Marcus Hunt as Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory‘s senior commitments. The Yellow Jackets are also going after shooting guards Shaq Roland and Andrew White as well as power forwards Tevin Glass, Charles Mitchell and Christopher Obekpa in the class of 2012.

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How Georges Niang almost didn’t want to go back to the state of Iowa

ISU coach Fred Hoiberg is happy Niang ended up returning.

Class of 2012 power forward Georges Niang just wanted to take a closer look at a couple of schools on his list at the time — the University of Iowa and Iowa State — but what he ended up doing was leaving the state of Iowa with a question of whether God was warning him never to go back.

“Maybe this is God telling me I should never come back to Iowa,” Niang recalled thinking after his pair of unofficial visits in The Hawkeye State.

It all started when the 6’7, 235-pound big man and his mom left his home in Methuen, Massachusetts to take a flight to Des Moines, Iowa. “We flew out there but my mom left her major credit card at home,” Niang said laughing, “so when we landed in Des Moines and we went to go get a rental car we only had a pre-paid credit card — so we couldn’t rent a car and we had to take a taxi all the way from Des Moines to Ames.

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Poythress Picks Kentucky, Gives Wildcats An Elite Class

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No one knew where he was going to go, not recruiting analysts, not coaches nor anyone else outside his inner circle. Class of 2012 small forward Alex Poythress — one of the top unsigned players left in the country — kept his recruitment very close to the vest throughout the process and delivered Kentucky head coach John Calipari some good news when he committed to the Wildcats just minutes ago.

Poythress told NRS previously that the Wildcats had his favorite coaching system and playing style when he trimmed his list. He also discussed other reasons he liked Kentucky. “With Kentucky, I like their great coaches and the fact that they’re a basketball school,” Poythress explained. “They also have good player development.”

Another reason he favored Kentucky was because of the potential opportunity he was given to go to college with his twin sister. “My favorite part of the [Kentucky] visit is how they included my sister and how we were able to talk to the volleyball coaches,” Continue reading