Maryland basketball profile: Forward Noah Batchelor

Name: Noah Batchelor

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 185 pounds

Class: Freshman

Before Maryland:

Noah Batchelor was the first commitment and signee for Maryland basketball head coach Kevin Willard in the 2022 recruiting class. The Frederick, Md., native played his high school basketball at IMG Academy last season and had stints with Glenelg Country School (Ellicott City) and St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School (Hagerstown) before that.

The Terps had their eye on Batchelor going all the way back to his sophomore year at Glenelg and Greg Manning Jr. built a relationship with him over the years when he was Manning was the video coordinator. The connection paid dividends when Batchelor decommitted from Memphis in February. Batchelor’s commitment came shortly after Manning Jr. was promoted to director of basketball operations.

“That was pretty important,” Batchelor said of his relationship with Manning. “Me and him, we’ve had a great relationship obviously since my [10th] grade year, so for him to stay there and now be there when I come is going to be really special. I’m glad that me and him built that type of relationship.”

Noah Batchelor will be a valuable asset to the Terps as a perimeter shooter. He has established himself as an efficient catch-and-shoot player, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that he can attack the rim also.

Outlook for 2022-23 season

Batchelor will share playing time with Hakim Hart and others, but if he’s able to provide the Terps with 10-15 solid minutes game in and game out, Maryland’s bench will be in good hands. While Don Carey and Jahmir Young can score from the outside, Batchelor’s smooth stroke could give the Terps scoring off the bench, an area that fans hope Ike Cornish can also show in his second season. Maryland fans should pay attention to the non-conference schedule to see how he’s used early. By the time conference play rolls around, Batchelor should have a good handle on Willard’s system and expectations.

Noah Batchelor would have a successful season if he can shoot the ball efficiently at all three levels, and be tenacious on the boards and with hustle plays.

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