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BOYS BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Canton's Nobles, AA Gabriel Richard's Houle set to continue hooping in college, commit to DI schools

   | Scott Burnstein

BOYS BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Canton's Nobles, AA Gabriel Richard's Houle set to continue hooping in college, commit to DI schools

Two, not three, was company this week on the college-basketball recruiting trail in Southeastern Michigan, as a pair of area hoop gems committed to Division I programs with Plymouth Canton’s Jordan Nobles committing to Eastern Michigan and Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard’s Jason Houle committing to Army.

Nobles’ is a lanky and smooth 6-foot-8 wing forward with a nifty mid-range game and a fast-improving skill-set from downtown.

Despite his thin frame, he’s not afraid to crash the glass and bang in the post using his long arms and hefty wingspan to his advantage.

Last season as a junior for Canton, he averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per night, helping take his team to a Class district championship.

His defense is a strength, too. He's an "energy guy" and has proved willing to work hard on his game to add versatility (just witness his ascent this past offseason).

Eastern Michigan went 16-18 in 2013.

Out in Ann Arbor, Houle is a sniper, a pure sharpshooter in the mold of Gabriel Richard alum and current Army senior shooting guard Josh Herbeck.

Houle is the third local athlete to commit to West Point in the past month, following in the footsteps of Birmingham Brother Rice football player, Sage Baltrusaitis (offensive lineman) and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball player, Connor Bowers (pitcher).

At 6-foot-4, Houle acts as a sparkplug on the wing and can be instant offense when left open from beyond the arc. Pumping in 12 points per night last year (% 48 percent from 3-point land), he has a tough-to-defend pull-up jumper from 15-feet away too, making opposing teams respect his dribble and not overplay his 3-ball attack.

The consummate student-athlete, Houle is also top-notch in the classroom, recording a 4.0 GPA in the 2012-2013 school year.

Army was 16-15 last winter.