Once Noel steps on campus, he would instantly make Georgetown a top-five team. With the return of Otto Porter, Noel will be apart of arguably the best frontcourt in the country. Also, Georgetown’s track record for developing big men and getting them to the NBA is equally as good as that of Kentucky.
Muhammad also has a unique opportunity. The Pac-12 has been on a steady decline in the past few years and so has the UCLA basketball program. UCLA has already landed two top-notch recruits in Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams. The potential addition of Muhammad would instantly push them over the top. The Arizona class featuring Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, and Gabe York is nice but none of those players compare to the productivity level of Muhammad and Anderson. This would propel the Pac-12 back towards respectability, a conference that is slowly beginning to land high-level recruits again.
This is not about the fans. I root for young players to make good career decisions. While Kentucky is undoubtedly a solid movie given John Calipari’s track record of getting players to the NBA, it would not give the two much of a challenge. Going to a place like Kentucky would be like a five month NBA training camp for these two future stars. An impressive feat would be if Noel and Muhammad took their own programs and tried to win.
It would be one thing if these blue-chip recruits were choosing between UNC and UNC-Asheville. That selection would be a no-brainer. There’s very little difference between Kentucky and other high major schools. They have the opportunity not only do what’s best for their future, but what is best for the future of college basketball. We don’t want college basketball to be a battle for second place.
Will they team up at Kentucky or go their separate ways? One thing is for sure: their decision will have nearly as big an impact as LeBron‘s decision two years ago.
Where do you want to see them end up?
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