Will The Early Bird Get the Worm?

One of the more intriguing frontcourt prospects in the Class of 2004 is power forward Joakim Noah. Noah has established a relatively high profile reputation in a short period of time, and was able to gain the necessary court exposure to showcase his skills by participating in several spring AAU events. Therein lies the problem.

Has Joakim Noah now moved past WVU to higher profile programs? Previously, Noah always mentioned WVU and Providence as his two main pursuers. Now when interviewed, Noah rarely mentions West Virginia.

WVU was the first to call. WVU was the first to really see the budding potential in the fast improving prospect. WVU was the first to offer a scholarship. But will WVU be the one to land the 6-10 200 power forward? Lets hope the early bird can indeed catch the worm. Presently, Noah mentions such schools as Maryland, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Arizona and Providence in addition to West Virginia.

Noah would be the perfect fit for the system employed by Coach John Beilein and his staff. Noah has good ball skills, can run the floor, rebound, plays consistently hard and possesses a great attitude. Noah (#193 on the Sonics if you are attending camp) is camping this week, along with 214 other top high school basketball players from around the country, at the Adidas ABCD Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Hackensack, NJ. Through the first 2 games at the camp, Noah is averaging 8.5 points and 9 rbounds per game.


Noah is playing alongside a couple of interesting prospects. One of these is Shawn Taggart (6-10 215), a native of Richmond, Virginia, who plays at Mt. Zion in North Carolina.

Other camp prospects in attendance this week that have been mentioned with West Virginia include:

Aaron Agnew (#214) 6-10 350, Bellaire, OH
C.J. Anderson (#105) 6-6 205, Cincinnati, OH
Andre Blatche (#194) 6-10 215 Syracuse, NY
Theo Davis (#184) 6-9 215, Toronto, Ontario
Jared Gaither (#204) 6-8 295, Suitland, MD
Jarhon Giddings (#153) 6-8 210, Blacksburg, VA
Cornelio Giubunda (#181) 6-9 215, Greenwich, CT
Adrian Joseph (#138) 6-7 200, Montclair, NJ (out with a sprain)
Jason Killeen (#199) 6-10 250, Philomont, VA
John Lucky (#103) 6-5 206, Waterbury, CT
Cheyenne Moore (#113) 6-6 183, Edgewood, MD
John Oates (#198) 6-10 245, Harriman, NY
Joe Posey (#95) 6-6 190, Colonial Beach, VA
Babacar Thiam (#143) 6-8 180, Washington, DC

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