Friar Basketball

A Closer Look: Noah Locke

IMG_219 will take a closer look at a number of key PC recruiting targets throughout the season. Our staff will continue to offer reports on the top Friar targets throughout the year, and provide updates on prospects that have been previously featured.

Prospect: Noah Locke

Position: PG/SG

School: McDonogh School (MD)

AAU Program: Team Melo

Class: 2018


There is probably no better outside shooting prospect in the class of 2018 than Noah Locke. During the Spring Nike EYBL Circuit Locke led all of EYBL with 54 3-point field goals made, while shooting at a 49.5% clip from behind the three point line. This highlight film gives a good example of his outside shooting stroke:

What makes Locke especially dangerous is that he is equally adept at shooting off the dribble, or catching and shooting. He also has a good mid-range game and is getting better taking it to the basket. He has been working very hard during the off season improving his dribble as the following video shows:

What Others are Saying:

ESPN says that Locke is “a throwback style shooting guard who plays an aggressive scoring style that is based on his ability to shoot the basketball. He has a beautiful release which is as high and compact as it is pretty coming off his hand. He was one of the best three-point shooters in the EYBL this year (46%) and no less dangerous rising up into his mid-range pull-up. His ability to shoot off the dribble makes him a dangerous weapon operating off ball-screens while he’s also a threat to run off screens away from the ball. He plays with a lot of natural poise and is very hard to speed up or rattle. Physically, he’s got a little bit of open floor bounce but is more notable with his length (6-foot-8 wingspan).”

Scout commenting on Locke’s EYBL Indianapolis performance says that Locke “was nothing short of outstanding all weekend long for Team Melo. Locke shot the ball at a high level consistently, and also showed some game off the dribble and in the mid-range. The bread and butter for Locke is always his deep jumper, and he made it both off the catch and off the dribble. Beyond that Locke showed a good feel for the game and made a few nice passes once in the lane.”

The Competition:

Locke has seen his recruitment explode this spring. New schools that have offered Locke include Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Pittsburg, Georgia Tech, Marquette, and Notre Dame. He is currently in the process of taking unofficial visits to several of these schools. The Friars have offered and are hoping to get a visit after the July Live AAU period. He previously visited the PC campus during last year’s Elite Camp.

The Bottom Line:

Locke remains one of Ed Cooley’s primary recruiting targets for the 2018 class. Expect the Friar coaching staff to faithfully show up at his games during the Live Period. PC hopes to be in contention right up to the end as Locke has nothing but good things to say about Ed Cooley and his coaching staff. Here are some of his recent comments:

  • “We have a really good relationship,” said Locke of the Friars. “Coach (Ed) Cooley is a great guy and we can talk about anything. Also my family really likes him and thinks he is a good person, and I also have a good relationship with the assistants.”
  • “I really like them. I like their coaching staff. They stay in contact with me. They really make it known that they want me to come there. They seemed like a family when I went on a visit.”
  • “I just want an overall good fit where my parents and family want me to go and know that I fit well. Not too big of a campus but the right size, great coaches that will push me every day and players that welcome me in like a family.”

Mixtape Time:

Here are some more highlight videos of Locke in action:



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  2. James Scowcroft

    October 2, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I like what I see but he will see much bigger competition in collage. He will have to make a big adjustment not saying he won’t but I think Ed Cooley will have that special relationship with Noah to give him the confidence in bringing out those special skills that he has at a whole different level. Coach Cooley has proven that year in and year out. Just look at that kid 7/2 and he transferred to Syracuse and he is riding the pine. If he had stayed hear he would have at least got some development and be useful. We have two more spot’s left and Noah Loch would be a perfect fit. Just saying.

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