Harlan County’s Trent Noah makes D1 commitment

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Published: Oct. 1, 2023 at 2:19 PM EDT
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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - After a busy off-season visiting and receiving offers from over 20 Division I schools, Harlan County’s Trent Noah has committed to the University of South Carolina.

“Coach Paris and his staff are doing an awesome job,” Noah said. “I feel like that program is skyrocketing upward right now. I wanted to be a part of it and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”

The Top-150 shooting guard announced his decision on Sunday afternoon in the HCHS auditorium in front of a large crowd that was anxiously waiting to hear which one of his eight remaining schools Noah had landed on. The senior had narrowed his choices down to Dayton, Saint Louis, South Carolina, Stanford, Richmond, Western Kentucky, Butler and Seaton Hall.

“It was really hard cutting these schools down,” Noah said. “I feel very confident about my decision. It was awesome getting to know all of these coaches, but South Carolina is home.”

“I am very proud of Trent,” Dondie Noah, Trent’s dad, said holding back tears. “He has worked really hard and it is really great to see his dreams come true.”

Trent is the first male basketball player at HCHS to receive an offer from a college at this level in 30 years, according to the HCHS boys’ basketball head coach Kyle Jones.

Before the Mr. Basketball candidate narrowed his choices, Noah had other notable offers from Cal, Loyola of Chicago, Seton Hall, Miami (OH), Coastal Carolina and several others.

During his junior campaign with the Black Bears, Noah averaged 26.5 points per game and 12.8 rebounds. He also racked up a total of 821 points and hit 66 3-pointers.

“Sometimes it doesn’t feel real when you are watching him at practice that you are coaching a kid of this caliber,” Kyle Jones said. “Especially an SEC type kid. I am just enjoying the moment as a coach. I am just really thankful and blessed to coach him.”

Noah and the Black Bears start their 2023-24 season on Dec. 1 against Jackson County.