Tim Polzer
Friday September 7th, 2012

Kentucky's John Calipari is comfortable Nerlens Noel will play in '12-13.(AFP/Getty Images)

The USA TODAY reports Kentucky coach John Calipari feels "comfortable" that freshman center Nerlens Noel will be able to play for the Wildcats this season.

Noel's academic and amateur standing have been the subjects of speculation this summer. After the NCAA cleared Noel's reclassified standing, SI.com's Pete Thamel reported that the NCAA was expanding its inquiry into his amateur status.

While Noel, a 6-11 center from Everett, Mass and USA TODAY's high school player of the year, has remained silent since enrolling in August, Calipari spoke on his top recruit's near future.

"We feel comfortable. "It's a review that those kinds of players go through. When you reclassify, you're going to have reviews. When you reclassify and some people are mad you reclassified, there are going to be some reviews. That's how it is. We're comfortable that he's done everything he was supposed to do."
Kentucky is hoping Noel, who picked the Wildcats over Georgetown and Syracuse, can provide a  dominating inside defensive presence similar to Anthony Davis, who became the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft.

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