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For McDonogh guard Noah Locke, pledge to Florida is a 'match made in heaven'

For McDonogh guard Noah Locke, pledge to Florida is a 'match made in heaven'

Almost a year ago, before Noah Locke earned All-Metro first-team honors and emerged as maybe the top shooter at Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League this summer, Darris Nichols came to McDonogh to check in on the then-junior guard.

Nichols, a Florida assistant coach, liked what he saw. He told Mike White, the Gators’ head coach, about the 6-foot-2 deadeye shooter. Before long, Locke had a scholarship offer, among the first of dozens that piled up during a breakout high school and Amateur Athletic Union season.

When Locke set his official-visit schedule this fall, Gainesville was last on the list. Eagles coach T.J. Jordan said Gators coaches worried he might commit elsewhere...

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