Promising 6'7 forward Kouat Noi has verbally committed to TCU as reported by Evan Daniels, becoming the first Australian player to commit to the Horned Frogs since Australian David Patrick was appointed as assistant head coach.
Kouat Noi | Credit: Basketball Australia/Kangaroo Photo's
In speaking with Daniels, Noi advised that he selected TCU over George Washington, Arkansas, Virginia, VCU and Central Florida.
"I just had an instant relationship with the coaches staff," Noi stated. "I know they will take care of me and also push me to my limits and that what I want, just to compete and win."
Currently attending Montverde Academy, Noi is at the same school attended by fellow Australian Ben Simmons. With Patrick also Simmons' godfather and responsible for recruiting him to LSU, the pathway being taken by Noi is eerily similar. Fellow Australian Cameron Healy is also currently enrolled at Montverde.
Noi has been a standout in representing New South Wales Country, dominating at the 2014 U18 Australian Junior Championships. He posted 20 points on 60% shooting with 6 rebounds per game in guiding his state to the silver medal behind a dominant Victoria Metro outfit. With his impressive tournament, he worked his way into the Australian U17 national team.
Playing an integral role for Australia at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships, Noi was delivered 9.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assist per game in earning silver behind the USA. On a stacked Australian team, Noi played alongside the likes of Isaac Humphries (Kentucky), Kyle Clark (Saint Mary's), Dejan Vaslijevic (Miami) and SMU duo Harry Froling and Tom Wilson. He would go on to be named as a reserve for the Australian U19 team in 2015.
Playing as part of Team Asia-Pacific at the 2015 adidas Global Nations, Noi provided 19 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist per game. He posted an impressive 21 points against USA Team Rose, before bettering that with a 27 point outburst against USA Team Lillard.
TCU has managed to secure a highly athletic and versatile forward who can score and rebound. He will play his senior year with Montverde before joining the Horned Frogs for the 2017/18 season.
With Patrick scoring his first Australian commitment, he has wasted no time in also making an offer to 2018 big-man Samson Froling as reported by Olgun Uluc.