Which NBA prospect is the next big thing?

The next big-time prospect in college basketball could be headed for the NBA draft, according to one of the league’s biggest recruiters.

Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10 guard who is considered the top recruit in the country, is the No. 4-ranked prospect in the 2017 class by 247Sports.

That would put him ahead of Kansas shooting guard Trey Lyles, the No, 2-ranked player in the class, according in the rankings.

A lot of people think that Nerlens is going to go to the NBA.

I think he’s going to be in the draft,” said John Calipari, the Kentucky coach, who is one of Noel’s closest friends.

The top prospect in Kansas’ class, Tyus Jones, is No. 12 overall.

The top player in Maryland’s class is No, 10.

A big-name recruit like Noel, who averaged 15.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in his junior season at Missouri, could get a lot of interest from NBA teams.

He’s also the first high school player ever drafted in the first round.

He’s a top-five recruit in both the Class of 2018 and the 2019 class.

Caliparri has said he would not be surprised if the NBA made a run at him.

The consensus is that he will be drafted somewhere between No. 2 and No. 7, but Caliparian said the lottery is a possibility.

He said Noel is very high on that list.

The ESPN recruiting analyst Chris Forsberg, who runs Rivals.com, has a consensus No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.

The ranking puts Noel on par with former Louisville center Kasey Hill, a top recruit, and Texas guard Shabazz Napier, who also could be in line for an NBA draft.

He is a high-scoring point guard who averaged 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds as a junior at Missouri.

Noel was the top scorer in the nation as a freshman, scoring 19.4 points per game.

He shot 41.5 percent from the field.

A year later, he was a junior-college transfer.

He averaged 15 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Cardinals in his final season.

He was the No in the Big 12.

He had 15.6 points and 8.7 assists per game last season.

The best basketball player in Kansas history is expected to be at least one of his teammates.

He is expected at least to be a top NBA prospect.

The only question is how he will fit in Kansas basketball.