Joakim Noah: "It Was Off the Hook"

Joakim Noah will try to head to Maryland this weekend with an open mind, but it may be tough after his visit two weeks ago to Florida.

Joakim Noah will try to head to Maryland this weekend with an open mind, but it may be tough after his visit two weeks ago to Florida.

``It was off the hook," Noah said of his trip to Gainesville. "I'm not even going to lie. Florida's my style, but I have to stay open."

That's what Noah will do with his visit to College Park this weekend, but it may be tough to pry him away from the Gators.

``Coach (Billy) Donovan is definitely the person who recruited me the best – and the hardest," the 6-9, 200-pound Noah said. "It's going to be really tough to beat Florida because of the way I feel for Coach Donovan."

Noah, who also took a trip to Virginia this past weekend, said he may also take a one-day jaunt to nearby Villanova, but that it's basically a two-team race between the Gators and Terps.

Noah went into last spring with no interest from any D-1 schools. In fact, he said that no coaches ever came by to watch him play at Brooklyn Poly Prep, where he was for two years before transferring to Lawrenceville (N.J.) this season.

Noah blew up while playing with the Long Island Panthers this past summer and also put on a clinic at the adidas ABCD Camp last July.

``AAU was great for me," Noah added. "If you work hard and do what you have to do, the sky's the limit. AAU will either make you or break you."

It's easy to see that summer hoops made Noah. Now he'll take his trip to Maryland and then make an announcement within the next week.

``I think I'm going to do it a week from this weekend and I'm going to try and get my father to come in for it," Noah said.


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