Top recruit Noel makes it official for UK

Kentucky head coach John Calipari officially announced the signing of the nation's No. 1 recruit on Thursday. 6-foot-10 Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./The Tilton School) signed his letter of intent with the Wildcats, giving Calipari his fourth straight top-ranked recruiting class.

"I've been blessed three times in my career to have a player that can change the game without really scoring with Marcus Camby, Anthony Davis and now Nerlens Noel," Calipari said. "I will tell you that Nerlens, just like Anthony, is not a finished product. He's got a lot of work to do and we have a lot of work to do to get him to where I think he's capable of being , but he is a special player who I am ecstatic to have an opportunity to work with."

Joining Noel in Lexington next season will be ESPNU 100 recruits Alex Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast H.S.), Archie Goodwin (Little Rock, Ark./Sylvan Hills H.S.) and Willie Cauley (Spearville, Kans./Olathe Northwest H.S.).

"As we recruit, just like last year, it's like piecing together a young group that will play off one another," Calipari said. "The four that we've now signed will all play off one another. They're all great kids who have a desire to win, have terrific talent and who all complement each other."