Nerlens Noel has set a goal to surpass Anthony Davis’ single-season freshman record of 186 blocked shots.

“I’m going after that shot-blocking record,” Noel said confidently. “That’s just something to motivate myself to keep playing hard on defense. You’ve always got to set a goal of what you want to accomplish, and I definitely want to go after that.”

Noel is preparing for the 2012-13 season amid questions about his eligibility, which is under review by the NCAA.

“You can’t read everything, but whatever you do see, you’ve just got to use it as motivation, and that’s what I do,” Noel said. “I use it as my fuel to stay in the gym and keep driving myself.”