It’s been a challenging time to recruit, but Rice basketball hasn’t slowed down. The Owls signed guard Noah Hutchins during the national slowdown.
Rice basketball went all over the country to find the players right for life at South Main. During the winter they signed Mylyjael Poteat from North Carolina and Cameron Sheffield from Georgia. One of their next additions came from New York by way of IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.
Known for it’s dominance on the football field, IMG fields a potent basketball squad as well. Guard Noah Hutchins led the way for their postgraduate group last season. As he’d hoped, his first out of state jump allowed him to showcase his abilities. After receiving some buzz in high school, Hutchins wanted another shot to show the nation what he was capable of doing.
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He caught the Owls’ eyes, making good on the bet he’d place on himself. Now he has a scholarship to play D1 Basketball at an elite academic institution. That leap is not lost of Hutchins, who is eager to get onto the court soon. The chance to make an instant impact, combined with the atmosphere of the program, the surroundings in Houston and the academics were enough to sway his decision.
His visit during winter break and subsequent conversations helped foster a relationship with the staff that was essential to that choice. Hutchins felt like family, saying it was evident Rice “cared about me as a person and not just a basketball player on their team.”
When he does get on the court, he aims to win. Hutchins won a state championship in high school and left as the Western New York High School Player of the Year before heading to IMG. He’s used to winning. “It’s all going to be different from here on out, in a good way,” he said. Rice fans would welcome a few more wins in 2020 and beyond.