Nerlens Noel set to step into void created by Anthony Davis’ departure

Nerlens Noel - photo from
Nerlens Noel – photo from

The comparisons are inevitable. was a skinny, 6-foot-10 shot blocker who, although considered by some to be the top recruit in the Class of 2011, had a raw offensive game in the paint. He had a signature tuft of hair — a singular, sensational eyebrow — that ended up on T-shirts and replicated on fans’ faces.  Everyone knows how that story ended. Davis refined his offensive skills, set an freshman record for blocked shots, won every major award, led the University of to the national championship, was selected No. 1 overall in the draft and won an Olympic gold medal this summer.  Into that giant void steps another skinny, 6-foot-10 shot blocker, considered by most to be the top recruit in the Class of 2012, with a raw offensive game and his own signature hair — this time on top of his head. Many who’ve seen him play say he’s even more adept at swatting shots than Davis.


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