Unknowns and Undervalued

Posted On: 09/9/19 9:31 PM

Forever an underdog is typed out in small white text at the top of Jackson Noll's Twitter profile. In a way, this simple statement embodies everything that Noll is about. He stands at just 5-foot-11, he doesn't have eye-widening athleticism, or even a positive wingspan. Based purely on appearance, Noll would likely be picked in the later rounds for a pickup basketball game.

But this is how he likes it. The Cuba City guard has embraced the underdog role. There are countless Wisconsin prospects who possess more desirable traits than Noll. Yet, he always seems to compete. He may not come out victorious after every bout, but Noll gives all he has every single time his shoes touch the hardwood. 

"I love being in the gym, whether it is by myself working on skills or in a packed gym playing a big game," said Noll.

Practicing in solitude has allowed Noll to perform at the highest level when the bleachers are packed. The nights in the gym where the dribble of his basketball was the only echo bouncing off the walls seem lonely but are well worth the sacrifice. 

Noll is beginning to see the fruits of his labor. He averaged

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