After a lot of crossed wires over the past few months, I was finally able to share some emails Tuesday with Perry County Central coach Randy Napier about senior guard Kendall Noble.
The unsigned Noble has been one of Western Kentucky’s primary recruiting targets over the last two seasons, and for good reason. She averaged 19.6 points and 8.3 rebounds last year, helping the Lady Commodores reach the Sweet Sixteen.
But Noble tore her ACL in PCC’s first-round loss to Butler, and WKU stayed committed in its recruitment, Napier said.
“Western really loves Kendall and Kendall is very interested in Western,” Napier said in the email. “They have recruited her harder than anyone even when she was going thru surgery on her knee last spring and thru her rehab period they made it clear that they wanted her.”
Noble has come back stronger than ever this season, nearly averaging a quadruple-double for Perry Central (23-2), which was ranked fifth in the state in the latest Associated Press prep basketball poll released Monday.
The 5-foot, 11-inch Noble is averaging 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 7.5 steals for the Lady Commodores.
“Kendall is a very gifted athlete who can play multiple positions,” Napier said. “She is 5’11 and can play point guard 2-guard or small forward. She is the most versatile player I have ever coached. Her vision and feel for the game are unbelievable. Kendall could be a tremendous scorer but she chooses to do what’s best for her team and that is to score when its necessary and distribute the ball when its necessary.
“She is a good outside shooter but likes to penetrate and get to the rim. She is a good free throw shooter and is deadly when the game is on the line. She is a tremendous defender who uses her size and tremendous length as an asset. In addition, her instinct for the game is unbelievable. She also is one of the leading rebounders in the state.”
The Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling reported Tuesday that Noble currently has scholarship offers from WKU, Eastern Kentucky and Northern Kentucky. The Twitter account @WeWorkHoops also reported Monday that Noble was at Middle Tennessee last weekend for an unofficial visit.
But other schools – and Lady Topper fans – will get a better look at the standout if Perry Central makes a return trip to E.A. Diddle Arena this season for the Sweet Sixteen tournament.
“She is the best all around player in the state,” Napier said. “She simply does everything well. I think she will be a great asset at the college level because of her versatility and will prosper playing with the shot clock.”