2018 shooter Noah Locke cut his list down to 8 schools on Wednesday after having an impressive spring and summer on the grassroots circuits. The native of Baltimore has trimmed things down to Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Providence, Virginia and Xavier. Locke attended Providence’s Elite Camp in 2016, which is when he received the offer from Ed Cooley. He also took in the Friars’ game at the Verizon Center against Georgetown in January. Providence assistant coaches Ivan Thomas, the lead on Locke, and Jeff Battle both completed an in-home visit with Locke and his family in April. Cooley was unable to attend due to the death of his sister. The Friars were the first school to offer Locke of the 8 on his list.
Locke spoke with PrepHoops.com following the release of his list to give his evaluation of all 8 schools. “Coach Cooley is what his name is, cool. He makes me a priority,” Locke told the website. That same story says “Locke plans to take his visits from this point until his high school season ramps up in October” and there will be another cut “to four or five schools before making a commitment.”
Locke has seen his reputation as a big-time shooter expand while playing with Team Melo on the Nike EYBL circuit. Locke shot 45.4% from beyond the arc in the 21 EYBL games he played, including 5 in the Peach Jam. He averaged 17.4 points/game, 3.0 rebounds/game and 1.6 steals/game across all EYBL action. Locke led the EYBL circuit with 53 made triples during the 16-game regular season. Locke has basketball in his blood. His father, Kyle Locke, played at Coppin State and finished his career there as a senior captain and 10th on the all-time 3-pointers list at the Baltimore school. His coaching resume includes assistant jobs at the Community College of Baltimore County (men), Coppin State for 9 years (women), Washington University (women), Howard Community College (men), as well as head coaching experience at the high school and AAU levels. Locke’s older brother, Kayel Locke, played four seasons at UNC-Greensboro and is signed to play in Germany with the Giessen 46ers this upcoming season.
Providence currently has 4 open roster spots for the 2018-19 season with only AJ Reeves pledged from the class of 2018 at this point. Locke’s skillset as a pure shooter is something the Friars have been searching for on the recruiting trail. He is also someone who has blown up a bit in the last 3+ months and I would expect to see him rise in all the recruiting services when they update their 2018 rankings in the next month or so.
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