2018 Noah Locke Names Final Eight Schools

Noah Locke Cuts List

Noah Locke, the 6-foot-2 point guard from McDonogh (MD) School, cut his list of schools to eight on Tuesday in a video via Twitter. Locke’s final eight includes Kansas, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Maryland, Providence, Virginia, and Xavier.

According to 247Sports, Locke is ranked as the No. 76 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 3 player from the state of Maryland.

Playing with Team Melo on the Nike EYBL Circuit, Locke averaged 18.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game, in 16 games played. Team Melo finished with a 9-7 record regular season record, before going 0-5 in Peach Jam.

Among his finalists, Locke has visited five of the campuses. The only schools he visited among his finalists are Kansas, Florida and Ohio State.

“I’ve visited all the schools that are making me a priority for the most part,” Locke told 247Sports. “I like a lot of them. I can tell this is going to be a very hard decision. I can’t really say right now (which schools are standing out). I’ll have to take a couple more visits just to get to know everyone else.”

According to 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, 60 percent of experts expect Locke to choose Kansas. Of the five experts to make predictions, three predict him to choose Kansas, with Michigan and Providence having one prediction each.

Locke broke down each of his eight finalists to PrepHoops on Tuesday:

Xavier: “I really like Coach Mack. We’ve been in contact a lot. He’s a really good guy. He calls me and tells me things I need to work on now. He tells me the things I need to improve on to get to the NBA and he’s one of the only coaches that has critiqued me like that.”

Providence: “Coach Cooley is what his name is, cool. He makes me a priority. I’d be a guy that comes in and plays right away and be a face of the program. He also has a history of getting players from our league and area.”

Florida: “Coach Mike White is a really nice guy, my family really likes him. I want to get down on a visit soon, but the team speaks for itself. They’re a top 25 team almost every year and some great guards have come out of that school. They let their guards do what they do. That’s something I’m really considering.”

Kansas: “I mean Kansas speaks for itself. It was great to get that offer. People dream to get an offer from Kansas. Pretty much every kid that goes to Kansas gets drafted. It’s a great school and I’m pretty sure once I see their facilities, I’ll be mind blown. With this being a new offer, I really don’t know everyone on the coaching staff, so I’m looking forward to meeting them.”

Michigan: “Man I really like Michigan. When I went to visit, Coach Beilein took my family and I on the entire visit himself and showed us everything. It was great there. The atmosphere was great. We’re walking out on the streets and people were just excited to see him and us walking around. The facilities were great. I fit their playing style, too. We actually run a lot of their sets here at McDonogh.”

Virginia: “They’re a great program too. Always at the top of the standings throughout the country. I’ve talked to Coach Bennett plenty of times and he tells me I’ll be able to come in and play but I have to lock in on defense. I really like that, it forces you to show a lot of grit. Coach Bennett has played in the NBA, so I’m sure he has a whole bunch of connections there. They have some great history there with Malcolm Brogdon winning NBA Rookie of the Year last year and guys like Justin Anderson seeing success in the NBA. Plus, it’s close to home.”

Ohio State: “Another new offer, but the coaching staff came from Butler. Coach Holtmann and Coach Schrage have been recruiting me at Butler since the beginning of my junior season. They were recruiting me hard, but once my recruitment started to pick up they thought with them being at Butler, they wouldn’t be in the running. Once they went to Ohio State they immediately hopped back on. It’s been great. I have a long relationship with them. I have to go visit there soon and learn more about the school.”

Maryland: “Hometown school. They’re one of my later offers too, but they were recruiting me for a while. Coach Bino [Ranson] stays in contact with me every day. Every kid from this area wants an offer from Maryland. With it being my hometown school, it’d be great to be apart of.”

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