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Westtown School (P.A.) junior Noah Collier showed he has continued to progress as a prospect on Friday with his 26 point and 8 rebound performance in a 59-58 win over Vermont Academy. Collier did as much as he could on the floor to put his team in a spot to get the win.
“I just tried to go hard and bring it my all out there,” said Collier. “We did what we needed to do, we rebounded the ball, stayed scrappy and executed. We went through everything before the game and once we got out there we played well.”
He attributes his improvement this year to the amount of time he worked on his body as well as his mindset on the floor.
“I feel like adding weight was a big deal and adding confidence has helped me go out there and handle whoever is out there in front of me,” he said.
With Syracuse commit John Bol-Ajak injured, Collier has had to play as more of a power forward this season.
“I feel like I’m a Swiss Army knife and I can do anything,” Collier said. “If you put me anywhere on the court I can rock out, but right now we are missing John Bol-Ajak so I have to be more of a forward and handle business from there.”
Collier’s recruitment turned up a notch heading into this high school season. It looks he will move forward with the process a bit and take some official visits in the spring.
“I’ve been in contact with a lot of coaches lately,” he said. “I started out the season with a lot of offers so it’s been progressing and during the spring I’ll start to take some official visits.”
Four schools came to mind when asked which schools have been the most active with him.
“I’d say probably UConn, Xavier, Syracuse and Virginia,” said Collier.
Syracuse has done a good job showing him love to this point. Collier has gotten the chance to see what they have to offer on campus as well.
“I like a lot, my guy John-Bol is going there so that would be awesome to there again with him,” he said. “I saw the campus a little bit and it’s really nice up there with great history.”
Xavier is another program who has been active with him. One of his Westtown teammates was heavily considering them when making his decision.
“I don’t know too much about the program personally, but I know they were in Jalen Gaffney’s top two or three so I’m definitely looking into them a lot as well,” Collier said.
Collier is interested in finding out more on UConn and their newly hired head coach Dan Hurley.
“I know they got a new coach so I want to see how their system works and once I figure that out I’ll be very interested,” he said.
Virginia has yet to extend an offer to him, but they are still making him a priority. Collier thinks one of their current players resembles his own game in a way.
“They have a player there that kind if resembles my game in DeAndre Hunter so I like him a lot,” said Collier. “He is from the Pennsylvania area so I watched him when I was younger. I also like their system.”
He also mentioned that NC State, Notre Dame and more are after him hard as well. If Collier continues to play the way he did yesterday, his list of offers should only grow.
Noah Hutchins, a class of 2019 PG from The Park School (NY), has picked up an offer from UC Riverside.