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DDN: Noel more proof of how Raiders’ recruiting strategy working

Brandon Noel

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State forward Brandon Noel created plenty of buzz among coaches and teammates during preseason practice, and what he’s done so far has only elevated the hype.

He tallied a combined 45 points and 25 rebounds in three games off the bench at the Vegas 4 tourney last week. He’s shooting 68.6% — first in the Horizon League and 20th in the nation — and is averaging 11.9 points and a team-leading 7.0 boards.

The third-year freshman — he was redshirted twice because of a knee injury — even showed an ability to step out and knock down 3′s, making 4 of 7 in the last two games.

Asked if the event was Noel’s coming out party, coach Scott Nagy said: “The term is ‘coming into his own.’

“You play how you view yourself, and he’s starting to view himself as a pretty good player. And still, I don’t think he’s close to what he can be and what he’s going to be. Physically and athletically, he has abilities most people in the world just don’t have.”

In recruiting vernacular, Noel is looking more and more like a mid-major steal and a high-major miss.