Noel was born in 1994 in Malden, Massachusetts. He is the son of Dorcina Noel and has two older brothers and a younger sister. Noel played his first two years of high school ball at Everett High in Everett, Massachusetts. After his sophomore season, he transferred to Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. During his senior season, Noel averaged 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per contest. Noel is a big fan of the New England Patriots and works with POWERforward International in Haiti, which is a nonprofit organization that inspires underprivileged children to achieve more through education. Follow Nerlens on both Twitter and Instagram (@nerlensnoel3).