|Soph.||6’7″ 205||Small Forward||TCU||DOB: 10/29/97|
|13.9 ppg||4.9 rpg||1.2 apg||FG: 43%||3PT: 35.6%|
Strengths: Athleticism, Length, Shot Creation, Speed/Quickness
Weaknesses: Efficiency, Limited Production
Noi who is a native of Sudan played his prep ball in Australia before coming to the United States and attending Montverde Academy, one of the top basketball schools in the country. He redshirted in his first season at TCU before making an impact as freshman where he averaged 10.9 points per game in 22 minutes of floor time. He moved into a starting role in his sophomore season averaging 13.9 points per game and earning more playing time with 30 minutes of action per contest. He can score in multiple ways whether it is creating a shot off of the dribble or coming off a screen, which was his primary way of knocking down jump shots in college. He was effective as a spot up shooter and he understands how to space the floor while finding an open area to be set up by a teammate. Noi drives to the basket well, and teams would have liked to see him use this skill more often getting to the free throw line at a better rate. He is an NBA level athlete with plenty of highlight dunks, and he is able to finish through contact against bigger players. His athleticism and size give him the tools to be an above average defender at the professional level, in addition to being able to use his length disrupt and get steals. With that said he did not block many shots in college, and there will be adjustment on the defensive side of the floor as he enters the professional ranks. He had some big games in his sophomore year where he dropped 30 points on Oklahoma, 22 against Florida, and 25 against Creighton. There were down games as well and consistency was an issue at times, but the strong scoring games give hope to teams looking into draft Noi that he can continue to improve his ability to impact a game on the offensive end.
Despite knocking down many shots in his sophomore year, some teams will be concerned with the fact that as his usage went up between his freshman and sophomore seasons, his efficiency decreased significantly. His shooting from the field in general went down at a somewhat expected rate, but his outside shot was not consistent enough as a sophomore. He shot two point jump shots at 47.7% which is a very solid number when compared to other draft prospects but he went down from 43.4% to 35.6% on three point attempts in his two college seasons. Considering that he will be a candidate to fill at “3 and D” role at the next level, his shooting will need to become more efficient for him to stick in the league. With that said his mechanics are solid and he shoots free throws well, he will just need to knock down shots at a better percentage from the outside going forward. His overall production is not as strong as many other draft hopefuls and while he has shown flashes of being a go to scorer, he has a long way to go in that regard. As mentioned before, Noi does not need to be an offensive star to stick in the NBA, he just needs to find a role that fits his game and play that role to the best of his abilities. If his three point shot becomes more consistent and he plays solid defense at the next level, he has the physical attributes needed to compete against the best players the game has to offer, making him an intriguing prospect late in the draft or as an undrafted free agent.
Here at two examples of his athleticism:
TCU’s Kouat Noi just put someone on a poster. pic.twitter.com/N8fY9FJqro— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 6, 2018
Noi is projected to be drafted in the late second round, or to go undrafted. His ceiling as a professional is a role player bringing dynamic scoring ability, and solid perimeter defense while receiving significant minutes. The worst case scenario for Noi is that he is unable to score at a high enough level to earn minutes in the NBA leading him to play most of his career overseas, or in the G League.