Jealousy will cause you to do crazy things. When you can’t beat John Calipari at recruiting, what do you do? You make up lies. That is exactly what happened in the recruitment of Nerlens Noel. In an interview with SI, Noel tells the reporter that one coach warned him that Kentucky would try to lure him to Lexington with money.
H[Nerlens Noel] 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.”