The NCAA hasn't closed the book on Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel's eligibility just yet.
Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that two investigators from the NCAA traveled to Noel's former high school in New Hampshire earlier this month to meet with officials there about Noel's past.
UK compliance director Sandy Bell was also present at that meeting, according to the report.
UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy would not confirm Bell's involvement, and wouldn't say whether Noel is athletically eligible to play for Kentucky this season. Peevy said the school's normal procedure is not to comment on any NCAA matters.
"We don't talk about athletic eligibility until they play a game and we don't talk about academic eligibility until they go to class," he said. "That's what we do for their privacy."
Peevy did confirm that Noel was academically eligible. Classes at UK started Wednesday and Peevy said Noel was in attendance for the courses on his schedule.
The team's photo day was also held Wednesday, and Peevy said Noel was there with the rest of his teammates. "There was nothing abnormal today around here," he said.
The gathering in New Hampshire earlier this month was the second such meeting between NCAA investigators and officials from schools that Noel has attended. The NCAA met with administrators at Noel's former high school in Everett, Mass., in May.
Noel started last season as a member of the class of 2013, but decided during the school year to reclassify to 2012. To complete that move he had to return to the school in Everett and take two summer classes, which he passed.
The question now is not with Noel's academics, but the people who surrounded him during his high school career.
A person with knowledge of the inquiry told Sports Illustrated: "The NCAA's questions focused on the cast of characters that surrounded Noel's recruitment and how Noel paid for his unofficial visits."
A New York Times story in March chronicled Noel's association with various hangers-on throughout his prep career. That report, written before Noel had committed to Kentucky, mentioned unofficial visits to both UK and Louisville. Two associates of Noel said those trips were paid for by the player's father, who is a cab driver in Boston.
The Sports Illustrated report also refers to "multiple trips to Syracuse," another one of the schools that recruited Noel.
Pete Thamel wrote the New York Times article and Wednesday's story for Sports Illustrated.
Noel isn't the only high-profile recruit from the class of 2012 waiting for his status to be cleared up by the NCAA. UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad, who picked the Bruins over Kentucky, will miss the team's upcoming trip to China because of an ongoing inquiry into unofficial visits taken during his recruitment.
North Carolina State's Rodney Purvis and Providence's Ricardo Ledo are also ineligible to play while the NCAA looks into their backgrounds.
There's no timetable on when Noel's situation will be resolved.
Former UK point guard John Wall wasn't cleared by the NCAA until just a few days before the season opener in 2009. Wall was suspended for one exhibition game and one regular-season game and forced to repay almost $800 in expenses because of questionable unofficial visits.
Noel, the top-ranked player in 2012, is the centerpiece of UK's latest No. 1 recruiting class, which also includes five-star prospects Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin, and four-star center Willie Cauley-Stein.