Cardinals add another guard in Noel

Published 1:51 pm Friday, April 22, 2016

Lamar has added another guard to the men’s basketball signing class of 2016.

Coach Tic Price announced Friday morning that Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa point Torey Noel became the sixth signee of the class, which added Lamar State College Port Arthur center Christian Albright and Hill Junior College guard Joey Frenchwood the previous week.

Noel is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Oklahoma City who led NOC to a 26-7 record and a spot in the conference tournament final. NOC finished 15-3 in its conference.

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

“Torey is a very mature young man,” Price said in a release. “One of the things we liked about Torey is that he is a pass-first point guard who looks to get his teammates involved. Even more important than that is the fact that this is a very strong young man who will get on the ball and defend.”

Price has been looking to bolster his team’s defense after the Cardinals finished ninth of 13 teams in the Southland Conference in scoring defense (77 points allowed per game).

Noel, who was league freshman of the year in Tonkawa, led his conference in assists (5.5 per game) and steals (2.5) as a sophomore. He scored better than 13 points and grabbed nearly 5 rebounds per game in earning first-team all-conference honors.

“Torey is a winner,” NOC coach Donnie Jackson said in the release. “He is the type of player who makes big plays when your team needs them. He has an unbelievable motor and can slash to the basket. He plays at such a fast pace and defends really well. Torey is the best leader I’ve been around.”

Lamar signed three players in November: LSCPA guard/forward Colton Weisbrod, Central swingman T.J. Atwood and Carrollton Newman Smith guard Cameron McGee.


About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

email author More by I.C.