It was a tough week for 2021 guard Kenny Noland but playing with and for his best friend kept him strong and continued to play for something bigger. Noland was off the charts at the Phenom Challenge and Queen City Showcase and one could see his determination on the court.
This is a young man that is clearly a Division I player with his ability to impact the game on both sides, his ability to play team basketball and play unselfishly, and his overall production. This is why it is looking like a smart move by Eastern Kentucky to provide him his first offer, a moment he certainly won’t forget.
Phenom Hoops reached out to Noland to get his thoughts on the offer and who else may be around the corner. See what he had to say
PHR: How does it feel to get that offer from EKU? It has been an emotional week but the hard work has been paying off.
Noland: It feels great to know that all of the work I have put in is paying off and all the risks I have talent have turned out positive. It hurts so bad to lose JP but I know he ahs my back and I know he would be very happy for me and I am glad for that.
PHR: How does it feel to have that first offer on the board?
Noland: It feels good and I like Eastern Kentucky and their coaching staff a lot, so it means a lot coming from them.
PHR: What all do you know about the program? What stands out with them?
Noland: I know that their program likes to play fast with a free-flowing offense and I like their coaching staff a lot as well.
PHR: What did they talk to you about when they offered?
Noland: They told me that I would be the perfect fit with them, the way I play and that I’m doing the right things right now and just to keep doing what I’m doing.
PHR: What other schools have shown interest your way?
Noland: There has been a handful but UNC-Asheville, UNC-Wilmington, West Point, Ohio, and ETSU have all showed a lot of interest.