2021 Waxahachie guard CJ Noland has seen his recruitment take off over the last 6 months. Noland burst onto the stage with a 30 point game against a loaded IMG team as a sophomore. He had a phenomenal summer last year with Pro Skills 16's and carried that momentum into this past HS season with big performance after big performance.
What sticks out to me about Noland is how consistently he positively impacts the game. He scores, rebounds, guards, passes and leads. I've said for awhile now that CJ Noland is one of the Top 5 players in Texas and he isn't five based off of his consistent production.
I got a chance to sit down and talk with the junior guard about his recruitment, family and what he's looking for in a program.
TheTB5Reports: Your dad was a good basketball player in his own right. How has he helped you developing your game over the years?
CJ Noland: The biggest thing my pops helped my game with is teaching me at a young age how to play the game the right way. Finding the shooter if he’s hot or like positioning my self for a rebound. Also He made me play with older kids so my IQ would grow quickly.
TheTB5Reports: Your dad played against Kansas State and I know you’ve been on campus a few times. What was the feeling when they extended you an offer?
CJ Noland: When K-State offered I was super excited. Just knowing I could play where my pops played is a blessing.
TheTB5Reports: Your recruitment has really taken off in spite of COVID-19. What schools do you have offers from and who do you hear from the most?
CJ Noland: Austin Peay, Troy, Sam Houston, Oral Roberts, UT at Arlington, San Diego, SMU, Colorado State, North Texas, UTSA, University of Illinois at Chicago, Houston, Kansas State, Tulsa, Georgia Southern, Oklahoma State. The schools that I talk to the most are Oregon, Troy, Vanderbilt, K-State, and Creighton.
TheTB5Reports: Have you and your family discussed any time table for trimming your list and or a commitment?
CJ Noland: Yessir we have , I would like to make a commitment before the season starts next year!
TheTB5Reports: What is the most underrated part of your game?
CJ Noland: I would definitely say defense!
TheTB5Reports: We may not have a summer this year due to COVID-19. What are some goals you have for HS basketball next season?
CJ Noland: Some individual goals are just to overall get better as a player and hopefully some of the bigger accolades happen! Our team goal is to go undefeated in district play and win state nothing less!!
CJ is being heavily recruited regionally at this point and Oregon is making a strong push right now. Even without a summer I expect more schools to jump into the mix here.