Class of 2020 forward Noah Collier is ready for a big senior year and he gave everyone a glimpse of what is to come with the Westtown School (P.A.) at the Mid-Atlantic Independent School Shootout this past weekend. Collier likes the team he is surrounded with and likes how they are playing together.
“I feel like everyone has progressed over the summer,” said Collier. “We have a lot of chemistry because we are returning a lot of players. We are attacking and playing well.”
He plays a bit of small forward and power forward, but the rising senior standout doesn’t like to put a label on his game.
“I just feel like I just get to it, I don’t really have a label to my game,” he said. “I’ve been put in a bunch of positions and I just figure out what I need to do to succeed. At Westtown, they are letting me play free and I’m taking advantage of it.”
Multiple schools are making him a priority with some of them in attendance for his games on Sunday.
“Definitely Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, UConn, Syracuse, Clemson, Cal-Berkeley, Michigan and there are definitely some others I’m missing,” Collier said.
One of the schools watching Collier on Sunday was Vanderbilt, which looks like it is a possible landing spot for him.
“I chose Westtown based on academics and basketball,” he said. “My Mom is a college professor so she makes academics a priority and we will continue to when I make my college decision. Vanderbilt definitely is a good situation for me both on and off the court.”
Newly hired Michigan assistant coach Phil Martelli was the first coach to offer Collier when he was the Head Coach at Saint Joseph’s. Martelli picked things right off at his new school.
“Phil Martelli was the first coach to ever offer me so when he got the job at Michigan we talked for a while,” said Collier. “They saw me at the NBPA Camp and they definitely liked me a lot. They are a new school in my recruitment.”
Pittsburgh Head Coach Jeff Capel has done a good job recruiting him ever since he got the job. A visit to the Panthers could be in the works.
“I talk to Pittsburgh a lot on the phone and by text,” he said. “I’ll probably try and get over there for a visit because I like their program. Coach Jeff Capel has me as a priority.”
It looks like he will start taking some visits once this AAU season ends and after that he will begin the process of making his decision.
“I haven’t scheduled any visits in particular, but I’m trying to knock them out around August and September,” Collier said. “I think I’ll make my decision closer to the beginning of next high school season.”
Collier is looking at which school is showing the most interest in him and is looking for a place that develops players like him.
“Probably the people that show me the most love honestly,” said Collier. “That’s definitely important, but the most important is going to a place where the coach really likes you. One where they appreciate you and will help you improve when you get there. I’m looking for a school that stays active in my recruitment.
“I definitely like it when they tell me I’ll be one of their best players and make an impact immediately,” Collier said. “I also like when they tell me that they know how to develop players like me. Not a lot of schools have players who are 6’8” and can do it all on the court so there are a couple of coaches who have already had players like that in the past. That makes me want to talk to those schools more.”