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Kouat Noi is the top Australian Freshman in the NCAA

TCU’s redshirt freshman forward is getting lots of pre-season love.

TCU Basketball first practice of 2017.
TCU Basketball first practice of 2017.
Melissa Triebwasser

At 6’7” with an even greater wingspan, TCU’s Kouat Noi, a redshirt freshman, can cause problems on both ends of the floor. Now bigger and thicker than a season ago, after spending his first year on campus in the weight room, Noi is expected to play a significant role for the Horned Frogs, likely as a sixth man. And his teammates think he is geared up for a big year:

But Kenny Hustle isn’t the only believer, as today, Fox Sports named Noi as the #1 Australian Freshman entering the 2017-2018 season.

Noi redshirted the 2016-17 season, and all signs are pointing to him having a productive freshman year.

The Newcastle-native was a member of the silver medal winning Australian national side at the 2014 FIBA under-17 World Championship, showing off his versatile skillset for a 6’7 wing.

The TCU coaching staff has raved about Noi since he joined the school last season, particularly because of his work in the weight room.

Expect Noi to come off the bench for the Horned Frogs, providing a long, athletic presence on both ends of the floor.

Noi joins a Horned Frogs rotation that returns their top six scorers from a season ago, including seniors Kenrich Williams and Vladimir Brodziansky, as well as stud sophomore guards Desmond Bane and Jaylen Fisher. With JD Miller having bulked up significantly and PG Alex Robinson returning as well, the Frogs have deep rotations in the front and back courts as they look to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997.

TCU Basketball opens their season on November on Friday, November 10th, when they welcome Louisiana Monroe to Schollmaier Arena.