Noah is Attracting Heavy Attention

One intriguing prospect who the N.C. State coaching staff will evaluate next month is Joakim Noah.

The son of former tennis star Yannick Noah, Joakim Noah is a 6-9, 200-pound forward who has chosen the hardwood instead of the hard court.

Noah averaged 24 points, 12 boards and 5 blocks per game this past season at Brooklyn Poly Prep (N.Y.), but he'll head to Lawrenceville Prep (N.J.) this season to fine-tune his game and his academics.

Noah is rail-thin, but he rarely takes a play off and has high-major potential. He started playing while he lived in France and played a couple years at the United Nations School after moving to the United States in the eighth grade.

"This is my first year playing these kind of tournaments," Noah said this past weekend at the Rumble in the Bronx. "I played AAU last year, but not at this level. We didn't play against big-time teams last year on the team I played with."

Noah admits to being a little nervous in the spring when he began playing with Gary Charles' Long Island Panthers, but he's finally adjusted and his confidence is beginning to show.

Noah will take his 2.8 GPA to Lawrenceville and take his time in making a college decision.

"I feel like I've got a lot of time," he said. "I'm just going to wait and see what happens."

For now, he's fielded offers from West Virginia, Providence and St. Joseph's and is also receiving interest from the Wolfpack and Maryland.

"I'm not sure if I want to go somewhere and be able to play right away or go somewhere and take my time," he added.

Noah will play in the Adidas ABCD Camp, where he hung around as a bellboy for a few years when he was younger, in a couple weeks.


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