BOZICH: Draft Express, UK Fans Debate Nerlens Noel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – More summer basketball nuggets:
*Jonathan Givony of Draft Express has stirred the ire of Kentucky fans with his opinions on the play of incoming UK freshman Nerlens Noel at the adidas Nations tournament in Southern California.
On Friday, Givony wrote on Twitter that Noel couldn't score unless he was spoon-fed the ball and that defensively his fundamentals and awareness were "just OK."
That inspired the predictable burst of love letters from UK/Noel fans.
On Saturday night Givony filed Chapter Two with this Tweet:
"Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress
Kentucky fans have been killing me all day on twitter, so I'm glad for them they didn't see Noel's performance today. Actually played worse."
Round Two of the love letters starts now.
*Noel, meanwhile, told Edward Lewis of Rivals.com that his summer high school classwork is over and that he plans to be in Lexington on Aug. 19.
*Frank Burlison is a US Basketball Writers Association Hall of Famer, who has long been considered one of the top recruiting guys in Southern California.
He's also been covering the fun at the adidas Nation and says that a pair of young Australian players – 6-7 Ben Simmons and 6-4 Dante Exum – have been impressive.
Burlison also said that Louisville senior Peyton Siva played well last night, but was outplayed by Ray McCallum Jr. of Detroit.
Here is the link to Burlison's blog: http://www.burlisononbasketball.com/