A few weeks back MtTarheel over on Egriz asked me if I knew anything about Griz recruit Kyle Noreen. Noreen was one of the very first recruits in the 2011 class that I had heard the Griz were looking at well over a year ago. While his name consistently on most of the Griz recruiting list I could not remember seeing information that still linked the Griz with the Noreen. So I decided to do a little research, and it appears that Mr. Noreen is still very much interested in Wayne Tinkles Griz program.
Just to bring everyone up to speed, Kyle Noreen is a 6-5 small forward from Minnesota Transitions high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota Transitions high school is a small private school that has been tearing up the Minnesota small school division Kyle and his older brother, Kevin, started attending the school. Kevin Noreen, a 6-10 forward, was the 2010 Minnesota Mr. Basketball as well as ending his career as the all time scorer in Minnesota prep history. He eventually signed with West Virginia. One would think with your older brother averaging 39 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots per game, there would not be much available for little brother Kyle. Kyle though did a respectable 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals and a block a game. Look for Kyle’s numbers to take off next season as he becomes the focus of Minnesota Transitions offense.
Kyle is projected as to play the small forward spot but in college but it would not surprise me at all if he ended up played the shooting guard spot for some teams. He is a very good three point shooter, but can post up smaller players. He also has good court vision and an excellent passer – with his brother being the main recipient of his passing.
ESPN has given him an 83 rating and ranks him as the #100 small forward prospect in the country. Here are two ESPN evaluations from earlier this year.
May, 2010: Noreen has a good feel for the game and understands game situations. Kyle can score the basketball in a variety of ways. He posts up smaller defenders and uses his length and footwork to score inside and, against bigger defenders, he moves without the basketball to get open perimeter jump shots. Kyle needs to improve his elusiveness when dribbling the basketball. He rebounds well from the forward position and is a tough, gritty defender. He also needs to add strength to his wiry frame.
March, 2010: Noreen is the younger brother of Kevin, who signed with Boston College in the early signing period and recently became Minnesota’s high school all-time leading scorer. He is an excellent defender with good size at the shooting guard spot. Noreen has demonstrated a good outside shooting range. His brother is 6-foot-9 and if he could continue to grow, he could develop into a mid major plus or potential high major prospect. He is a better athlete than given credit for and does a little bit of everything. Noreen has a high love for the game. He has always been a secondary player, playing alongside his brother, but will have the opportunity to be “the man” next season.
Currently I hear, he holds offers from Montana, Duquesne, Liberty and Lafayette and Denver. He attended the basketball camps at Portland, Washington State, Boise State, Montana and Denver. Montana and Lafayette seem to be the leader for his services as he will be visiting these schools in September. Additionally Northeastern Northwestern San Diego UTEP and Virginia Commonwealth are said to have expressed an interest.