ABCD Update: Joakim Noah

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(This Flash Update was originally posted on 7/15/03.)

Joakim Noah was the ball-boy for the Adidas ABCD camp for five years. This year, it was his time to shine with the high school elite and he made the most of his opportunity.

“Tyrone Green used to be my AAU coach when I was about 13 years old,” said the 6-11, 210 pound Noah, who is the son of former tennis star Yannick Noah. “My family would leave in the summer time to go back to France where I’m originally from, and I would stay with him in the summer time at his house in Queens. He’s been working here since the beginning of camp and he used to bring me here and I would be the ball boy.

“It feels great to play here. It’s been my dream forever. I’m just going to keep working hard and hopefully good things will happen for me.”

Throughout the event, Noah had a great feel for attaining low post position. He runs the floor pretty well for a big man, and made many fast-break dunks and lay-ups. The only negative would have to be his strength, which he can surely improve once he gets into college. He makes up for his lack of strength by playing hard and strong. Noah rarely lost a rebound if he could get his hands on it.

Those who have taken notice of Noah’s skills include Virginia, Boston College, Florida, Maryland, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Richmond, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, West Virginia, and Providence, all of whom have offered scholarships. Indiana, Notre Dame, and North Carolina have expressed interested as well.

For now, Noah is taking recruiting in stride. He has not narrowed his list, and looks to enjoy the process for a moment.

“I mean I’m really open,” said Noah. “Of course, there are schools I like but to tell you the truth I have no idea even what conference I want to go into. Of course there are great aspects about the Big East, about being able to play in the Garden every year. The ACC’s great as well.

“For me personally, this is the first time I’ve gotten offers since the spring so it’s new to me. So I’m just having fun with it.”

Noah did not feel any pressure to perform in front of the crowd of coaches. Instead, he focused on helping his team win, which he believes helps him more than trying to be flashy.

“I just want to win,” said Noah. “I feel that, the more you want to win, the more coaches see that and the more coaches will like that. That’s what I’m about…winning. We have a really good team we’re not selfish and we pass the ball.”