By Anthony Jones
This year’s Mississippi Valley Conference basketball player of the year will be staying local at the next level.
McGrady Noyes, a recent Triad graduate, committed to play with the McKendree Bearcats men’s basketball program earlier this year.
Noyes talked about his decision, “When I was on my visit, it just felt right. All of the coaches were great.”
In his hoops career at Triad, Noyes finished with 728 points and 408 rebounds across 80 varsity games. He was also named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State special mention team after a senior campaign that led the Knights to a 28-7 record, Mississippi Valley Conference crown and a sectional final appearance.
McKendree is no stranger to success themselves, coming off a 20-13 campaign. The Bearcats have finished four consecutive seasons with a winning record.
With his commitment to McKendree, Noyes accomplished a long time goal of playing at a collegiate level.
“It means a lot to me. It’s been a goal of mine for a long time. I told Coach Guidry when I came into high school that I wanted to be a college basketball player and I’m finally there,” the recent commit said of officially making it into the realm of college basketball.
With McKendree, Noyes will be competing at the Division II level of NCAA. The Bearcats are a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference that also features Maryville, Quincy and UMSL.
In the classroom, the future Bearcat is undecided in regards to a major but has an interest in education or business.
Noyes gave thanks to, “My family, coaches, teammates and friends.”