Mass May Have The Next Bill Russell With Everett's Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel is a basketball player for The Tilton School in New Hampshire, but Noel is from Everett, Massachusetts and though he made the decision to transfer after his sophomore year, he's expected to be the next big talent from the Massachusetts area.
Noel has been strongly recruited as a young talent for awhile, even as far back as when he was 15 years old. He's now 17, but the big number is 2013, which is when Noel is expected to enter into the NBA Draft if he's academically eligible to play in college next season.
The bigger number then seems to be $20,000,000 which is already expected to be the amount he'll command if he joins the pros.
Currently, Noel is ranked as the No. 1 Prospect according to ESPNU 100 rankings. He has drawn some comparisons to current Kentucky standout Anthony Davis, and former NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp. But one of the biggest notables he's been likened to has been Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell.
Here's a link to a video of Noel and some of his highlights at Tilton.
Read more about Noel, his journey towards college basketball, and his past in a great NY Times article here.
If you want to follow Noel on Twitter you can follow him @NerlensHighTop