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Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018
Noah LaPierre takes his game to the next level
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury basketball scene won't quite be the same without the presence of Noah LaPierre next fall. It has seemingly been "forever" that fans in the area have been aware of the tremendous skill-set of the lightning quick Lasalle Lancers guard who committed to the Brock Badgers earlier this week.

Displaying a passion and commitment to the sport that is seldom seen in these parts, LaPierre parlayed his overall athleticism into a brilliant career at Lasalle, overcoming average size with outstanding ball-handling and shooting abilities, combined with an explosiveness that made him a difficult matchup, regardless of the defender.

His leadership attributes helped the Lancers to successive SDSSAA and NOSSA banners, highlighted by a consolation championship performance at OFSAA in 2016. His intention, at Brock, is to study within the Kinesiology program, while adding a unique mixed bag of talent to a team ranked fourth in the OUA RPI rankings this year, behind only the perennial powerhouses of Carleton, Ottawa and Ryerson.

Constantly praised for his work ethic, LaPierre suggested that his workouts are really not work at all. "Honestly, it's just a love for the game," he stated. "It's not that difficult to work really hard for something when you have such a passion for it. It's just something I love to do."

"Noah has been a pleasure to coach over the past nine years," noted Lasalle head coach Kyle Beers, who first worked with LaPierre at the club level, while the latter was still attending Northeastern Elementary Public School.

"He has always been a very hard worker and he sets lofty goals to challenge himself to meet," Beers continued. "I'm looking forward to seeing him realize another one of his goals, playing CIS (U Sports) basketball."

As LaPierre knows better than most, the jump that awaits him is not without challenges. "I definitely think that I'm athletic enough and skilled enough to find my way," he said. "It's more my decision making. At times, I can be loose with the ball or my decision making can be shaky."

"It's just a matter of getting reps in with the bigger, faster players at the university level. If I can figure that out in my first year, I should be set."

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