For now anyways, the only thing Noah Locke has to worry about is the stress he’s putting on his family’s mail carrier.
The McDonogh rising-senior combo guard has had a breakout summer on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit, earning praise from recruiting analysts and attention from college coaches, and on Tuesday, he shared the latest spoils of his success.
The Jayhawks offer is his most high profile yet, joining a pile drawing from the likes of Maryland, Virginia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida State and many more. According to 247Sports.com, Locke has received 18 offers since April 24, or about one every five days.
An All-Metro first-team selection last season, Locke averaged 18 points, six rebounds and three assists per game for the Eagles. Just as important was his efficiency: He shot 45 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 83 percent from the foul line.
Little has changed this summer during his time with Amateur Athletic Union squad Team Melo. According to D1Circuit.com, Locke has averaged 18.2 points on 51.4 percent shooting, including 49.5 percent from beyond the arc, in 16 Nike EYBL games.
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Locke isn’t the blue-chip prospect that fellow Baltimore native Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll) is, but he’s moved from a fringe top-150 recruit to a sure-thing top-100 player. According to the 247Sports.com Composite rankings, he’s the No. 77 recruit in the Class of 2018 and the No. 14 point guard. He could be moving up further before long.