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April 11, 2014

Kalkaska's Will Noble headed to the next level

KALKASKA — This season Will Noble took his game to another level.

That’s allowed him to take his game to the next level.

After a breakout senior season for the Kalkaska boys basketball team, Noble has signed to play with Rochester College. Noble, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard for the Blazers, also received interest from Lake Superior State, Ferris State and Cornerstone, but decided to take the Warriors’ offer.

“I felt Rochester was the best for me. I really liked their style of play. They really like to set up their shooters a lot. I think it’s going to be a right fit for me. They’re very fast paced,” said Noble.

Noble was a three-year letterwinner for Kalkaska on the hardwood, but didn’t begin to get recruited for hoops until this season when his numbers took a big jump and he posted averages of 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Before this winter, Noble was more known for his football prowess. He was the Blazers’ starting quarterback and earned all-state honors as a defensive back.

“A phenomenal athlete,” Kalkaska head coach Dave Manchester said of Noble. “He’s been known as just a football player, but over the summer we really put time in and kind of turned him into a shooter. It was phenomenal the growth he’s shown. This year is when he really stood out. He had some phenomenal games and great moments. This is the year he turned the corner and went from just an athlete into an actual shooter and scorer.”

While Kalkaska struggled in the win-loss department, Noble was able to come through with some big individual performances.

“He had a game against Houghton Lake where he had 41 (points), 13 (rebounds) and 4 (assists),” said Manchester. “Last year I think his high was 14 points. He had a couple of 29-point games — he had 28 against Elk Rapids and Elk Rapids is by no means any kind of slouch — and he also had a couple of 15-rebound games.”

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