Report: Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel subject of expanding NCAA inquiry

Fresh off their first national championship under head coach and recruiting wizard John Calipari, the Kentucky Wildcats reloaded in a big way thanks to the late signing of top recruit Nerlens Noel.


The NCAA is looking into Nerlens Noel’s recruiting trips. (Bill Shettle/AP)

The inquiry is focused on Noel’s recruitment and how the Tilton School graduate paid for his unofficial recruiting visits, a source close to the inquiry told Sports Illustrated. Officials met with Tilton basketball coach Marcus O’Neil and administrators during a visit to the New Hampshire school earlier this month.

In May, the New York Times reported that two NCAA enforcement staff members met with the principal of Everett High (Mass.) — where Noel spent two years before transferring to Tilton.

Louis Baldi told the Times that during his 75-minute session with the investigators, they “didn’t ask me any investigative-type questions.”

Peter Saliba, the head of school at Tilton, confirmed the meeting with the investigators to Sports Illustrated and said O’Neil and school registrar Joy Jones were present for the meeting.

Former Providence assistant and Noel associate Chris Driscoll was a primary subject during the meetings.

Noel reclassified in order to graduate one year early. During the season, Noel flew to Kentucky and Louisville for unofficial visits that the school is not permitted to pay for.

In addition to Noel, Kentucky’s incoming freshman class includes five-star small forward Alex Poythress, five-star shooting guard Archie Goodwin and four-star center Willie Cauley (ratings from Scout.com). 

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