Getting Noticed, Offers Coming In For 2013 Star Guard
Published by Ali Ahmed on January 9, 2012
With the winter holidays coming to an end, high school players are gearing up for strong second half of the year. For one player though, it is about maintaining a strong 2011 year and building on his game for what looks to be an eventful 2012. 6-foot-3, 2013combo guard Duane Notice has been skyrocketing through radars of many coaches due tothe spectacular season he’s having thus far. His 22 PPG, 8 APG, 6 RPG and 4 SPG has St. Michael’s off to one of the best starts in school history with a 17-2 record and a promising chance at an OFSAA medal.
For the St. Michael’s star it is nothing but a humbling experience. CROWN caught up with Notice during the holidays and dug deep to find out about his basketball roots and when the passion began.
“At age 2! I have a whole heap of photos
to back that up haha. I got pictures of myself dunking on the fisher price net in my old two bedroom apartment, and jumping off the sofa hurting myself trying to dunk like Carter,” said Notice when asked about when he started playing the game of basketball.
The highly touted guard was quick to thanking the ones around him who have helped him develop to the level he is at currently and those who have supported him throughout his life.
“I’m thankful for the many coaches and trainers I’ve had who have equipped with me with the tools and knowledge I need to grow. My game and skill set still has room to grow and I work every day as each critic and coach adds something unique to my game. So do the players I face or watch on T.V. I implement different techniques from them. Lastly, the support of my parents who have pushed me and put up with so much from me”
Notice’s unique ability of attacking the heart of the defense on his way to the rim can often be compared to many NBA players, so we asked Duane what he thought was his NBA comparison.
“I’d like to say Dwayne Wade and LeBron James when it comes to their IQ, strength and determination. Chris Paul because of his willingness to lead, learn, and have a competitive edge.”
Team Ontario U17’s program had a great finish to the summer as they captured Gold at the National Championships and Notice was an integral piece to their championship run. He showcased his awareness on both the offensive and defensive sides of the game.
“Well everybody knows I am my biggest critic. I look to building on my consistency, limiting turnovers, and exhibit constant positivity. There’s nothing I can’t work on,” said Notice about what he aspects of his game he thought needed improvement.
As Notice improves his game, his skill set will continue to garner interest from major D1 programs. He currently lists Detroit, Santa Clara, Syracuse, Memphis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, and Missouri as schools currently interested in his services. Notice confirmed that he has received offers from all the schools listed except Memphis, Louisville and Detroit.
Notice has experienced enough exposure in Canada which has earned him those offers, but the thought of attending prep schools has crossed the minds of many prominent prospects in Canada. However, Notice looks satisfied about where he is now and the opportunities he is getting.
“It’s crossed my mind but, I refrain from thinking about things or aspects I can’t control. I focus on my situation and commit to making the best of it.”
While most prospects saw the holiday break as time to relax, Notice used it to get extra time in the gym to keep his game sharp for a strong second half of the season.
St. Michael’s College takes on Villanova College at St. Michael’s on January 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm followed by the 52th St.Michael’s invitational on Jan 12-15th.