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Posted On: 07/10/18 6:00 AM
Perry County Central Senior Noah Back is having a good summer. Coming off being a part of the Kentucky Junior All Star team that swept Indiana last month, Back is hoping to parlay his momentum into a big July and have a couple of scholarship offers in his back pocket as he starts his Senior year. Noah claims, “I love the game of basketball and put a lot of time into trying to be perfect. It’s extremely hard to keep up with all the athletic abilities but I feel my ability to shoot the 3 and my increased strength keeps me ahead a little. The big athletic “dunk” only counts as 2! I need to work on my speed/footwork and over all athletic abilities.” Perry County Central has been a power in the mountains for a long time and last season was no different. Back was pleased with their season, “This year we were thought to be a rebuilding year but opened a few eyes by winning the 54th district tourney and made it to the final 4 in the region.”
Back has spent his 17u AAU season playing for Starz United out of Lexington and Noah thinks they’re having a good year but could be doing even better, “This season Is going well playing in the adidas gauntlet and the association by Gatorade. We have got a pretty good core and could have a lot more Ws if we could practice together more.” Even with his team underachieving slightly, Noah is garnering plenty of college attention. ” I do have college interest from Brown University, Ky Christian, Indianapolis University, Charleston Southern, Rose Hulman, Miami of Ohio, University of Charleston, University of Chicago, Colorado College, Evansville, Holy Cross, Centre, Asbury and Pikeville.
Heading into his senior year, Noah is working to improve his game aside from being a shooter, “Attacking the rim and a few post up moves have helped my overall game, coach Smiley really helps me with having confidence in not only shooting, but handling the ball and passing abilities too.” Becoming more versatile on offense will only help Back and his teammates achieve his ultimate goals, “My goals for next year are to again prove people wrong about our team and work hard for the trip to the Sweet 16 again. Also the KHSAA informed Coach Hoskins that I have a long shot of breaking the states all time 3 point shots made record (currently #10 at the end of this year with 316 total). I would love to get a full ride scholarship to college but I am a 4.0 student with a good ACT score.” Noah Back is likely to be in the running for Regional player of the year and could very well be a finalist for Mr. Basketball. As he starts his last stretch of AAU, Noah is hoping to pick up a scholarship offer or two and ride the momentum through a tremendous Senior campaign.