The next preseason honors are out, and Nerlens Noel has made the cut. The centerpiece of Kentucky’s 2012 class was named a preseason All-American by College Basketball Talk, NBC Sports’ basketball college basketball website. Noel was named a preseason third-team All-American by the website: “The nation’s top incoming freshman is reportedly a better defensive player than Anthony Davis. (Read that sentence again. That boggles our mind.) The 6-10 center isn’t as skilled offensively, but his ability to control the game by his post presence is enough to warrant a spot here. How high will he fly?” Peyton Siva (Louisville), Pierre Jackson (Baylor), James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina) and C.J. Leslie (N.C. State) made the third team with Noel. Noel is the only freshman on any of College Basketball Talk’s three preseason All-America teams.