Duane Notice Shows Out @ Nationals
Published by Ali Ahmed on August 6, 2011
Team Ontario gets set to take on Team Nova Scotia in the 2011 Canada Basketball 17U National Championship game at 8:15 pm inside Humber College. Amid all the excitement and cheering around the venue during the week, CROWN had a chance to sit down with the one of the highly touted players featured on this deep Ontario squad. Duane Notice has been the focal point of Ontario’s offence as he exploded time after time throughout the score sheet. He began his incredible week with a 30 point night against Newfoundland followed by a 19 point outing against Alberta. He sat down with us to discuss his experience at the Nationals this week and how he felt about his high level performance throughout the week.
“I think it’s a great experience, it’s all going so fast to a point where I don’t want it to end. It is definitely great to see all these teams playing because it shows the talent we have in Canada and how strong our basketball programs really are,” said Notice when asked about his experience playing the various provincial teams at this tournament.
Team Ontario’s U17 program has had its fair share of success in the annual tournament winning gold each year from 2002-2006. The team since then has suffered a four year drought during which they won bronze in 2008 and 2009. We asked Notice how he felt about the program not seeing gold for the past 4 years.
“That was definitely our main motivation this year round. Coach always talks about how we haven’t won gold for the past four years. Cory Joseph spoke to us in the locker room and told us how his team took the opposition lightly and they ended up losing. He told us he had faith in us to win and that we need to put all sacrifices down and have faith in ourselves.”
Those were strong words from Joseph who was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs and who was also very active within Ontario Basketball.
Notice made it clear that he does not shy away from being a positive critic of his team and himself so when asked if he could go in depth about what he thought were the strengths and weaknesses he simply replied, “As a team I think our strength would be simply having fun on the court and entertaining our fans while still being successful which I think is a lost art in basketball. Sometimes some of us score a lot and we try our best not to be complacent as leaders.”
The coaching staff has also been a part of the team’s success and chemistry as Notice explained how his coaches and teammates taught him to focus on defence and to be honest and true to himself. He also mentioned that those lessons would be lessons that he could use off the court as well. His maturity as a player was evident as we saw him constantly refer to his teammates and coaches as his support and motivation behind his spectacular play.
It was only time before we got Notice to give us the scoop on the recruiting side of things. The 2013 scoring guard listed various teams as being strongly interested in his services come college time including; Arizona, Syracuse, Gonzaga, and Marquette. Surprisingly enough, Duane hasn’t had any offers come his way and attributes that mainly to him not having a big season and some claiming that he fell off.
“That’s just me, more wood for the fire”, said Notice about he felt about the doubters.
With more and more colleges being interested in Notice we asked about the criteria he may have regarding which college he commits to when offered and named a few factors including distance from family, education, and the relationship with the coaching staff.
Duane Notice will undoubtedly have more offers come his way in time and CROWN has been dedicated to providing you with the latest information on him and all athletes coast to coast on their moves and achievements.