September 27, 2012
In Nerlens Noel's recruitment process, the highly ranked recruit had to hear plenty of coaches promote themselves and their program.
He also had to hear plenty of coaches denounce other programs.
And when it came to Kentucky, the subject that came up was money, as reported by Jason Jordan in a story on SI.com.
He recalled a conversation with a college coach during his recruitment process who urged him not to let money play a factor in luring him to Kentucky. Noel, a center, eventually picked the Wildcats.
"I was shocked that he would say something crazy like that," said Noel, the No. 2 player in the Rivals150 last season. "Of course I would never accept money and of course Kentucky never offered me money, but to hear that from him turned me off. I didn't hold it against him because I know coaches get jealous at times. I just look at it like they're really just insecure about themselves."
What else do other coaches have to say? Jordan turned to Julius Randle, this year's top-ranked recruit.
As the top ranked player in the Rivals150, Randle has had to deal with "an unreal amount" of negative recruiting tactics. Some coaches said that Duke and North Carolina didn't properly develop players, while others said Kentucky was too crowded.
"It's crazy," Randle said. "But I have a mind of my own. Every school has pros and cons and the same school that's dissing a certain school isn't talking about their cons. I look at it as the coaches just hating."
Other coaches may be pointing out the negatives, but enough recruits have seen enough positives to form four straight No. 1 recruiting classes for John Calipari.