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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

Mary Jo Noon

	School and Year (1997-98)	Jeffersonville HS, IN 
	Height and Weight		6'5 
	Position			Center 
	97-98 Ratings			#58 (Blue Star)
	Academically Eligible		Yes (GPA 3.5/4.0)
        Status                          Signed
        AAU team                        Mohr Magic 17


Player Summary · Player News · Game Stats · Season Stats · Honors · IHSAA Schedule

Player Summary

Mary Jo Noon helps fill an immediate need for the Boilers, a strong center. At 6'5, Noon is surprisingly agile for someone of her intimidating frame. With good post moves, she has the good habit of keeping the ball high. She has the size and the weight to do much of what she wants, but will benefit greatly from an intensive weight training program. Noon was still strong enough for a 9th place finish at the 1997 Girls Track and Field State Championship. She does have a perimeter shot, although not allowed to use it on the Jeffersonville team. During last year's University of Louisville girls summer camp, she won the three-point shooting contest. Rated the best true center in Indiana for two straight years by Blue Star Recruiting. For her career, Mary Jo amassed 1,368 points and 818 rebounds over four years of varsity play. As a senior, Noon averaged 25.2 points and 13.3 rebounds per game for 21-3 Jeffersonville. She shot 65% from the field and nearly 73% from the line. Mary Jo chose Purdue over Western Kentucky, Vandy, UCONN and Tennessee. All but Tennessee had scholarship offers on the table. Carolyn Peck on Noon: "Mary Jo obviously brings added size to our team, and she's a very agile player. She has a soft touch around the basket and is strong even though she hasn't even begun to really weight train the way she will in college."

Current Player News

6-18-98...The Girls All-Star team will have to make adjustments around the loss of Noon for the series. This article from the Indianapolis Star gives a few ideas. 6-11-98...A broken bone in the foot has sidelined Noon for 6 weeks, forcing her to miss the Indiana All-Star series. She will also take it easy the remainder of the summer to be in good shape for her freshman season at Purdue. The bone reportedly broke during warmup exercises. 5-29-98...Mary Jo will miss the Indiana All-Star series with Kentucky due to a foot injury. The injury is said to be in the area of the ankle, rather than the foot itself. The injury will not affect her play at Purdue next season, but has made it impossible for her to be competitive in the upcoming All-Star series. 4-7-98...Mary Jo and Kelly Komara were both named to the 1998 Indiana Girls All-Star team this weekend. Click here for the complete roster. 2-26-98...Here's a link to the Bedford Times-Mail featuring a nice article on Mary Jo. 2-21-98...#6 Jeffersonville defeated New Albany in the sectional finals 60-52, breaking the three year sectional strangle-hold by New Albany. For a game summary, go to this article from Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. 2-17-98...Jeffersonville finished the97-98 regular season ranked #6 in the final Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association poll. 1-20-98...Noon returned to the lineup after suffering a strained tendon in her knee. Jeffersonville was 0-2 for the two games Mary Jo sat out. The injury occurred during a walk-through practice the morning before the game against Castle. According to her coach Rick Myers, the knee is still sore but won't prevent Noon from playing the remainder of the season. 1-10-98...Reports suggest Noon has suffered a knee injury. Details coming later. 1-06-98...A game summary from the matchup of #4 Jeffersonville and #9 New Albany..."I've got to say that the Jeffersonville win at New Albany was the best girls game I've seen since the Washington vs. Carmel Final Four game back in 1995. The fourth quarter was absolutely draining for the teams and fans and there were five of the most spectacular individual performances put on that you could hope to see. New Albany didn't put on their most aggressive fullcourt pressure during the first half, and Jeff was able to slip past it with no problem. Once in the halfcourt, Jeff's guards took advantage of the double and sometimes triple teaming that New Albany used on Mary Jo Noon. With the guards hitting like crazy, Jeff took a twelve point lead at halftime. New Albany really turned the screws on the Devils in the second half, though, rallying from what became a 14 point deficit to actually go ahead by one with two minutes left. Jeff was able to slip back ahead by four before Kennitra Johnson cut it to two with a layup. On the ensuing possession, N.A. forced another turnover and held for the last shot. Johnson had a decent look from about eight feet to send it to overtime, but it JUST rimmed away and Noon rebounded for the win. Noon, despite the defense being packed in on her, finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Shelley Broughton had 18 and Sara Nord (who is likely the top sophomore guard in the state) had 19 points and 8 assists. Those two combined for 14-18 shooting from the field, including 7-9 from long range. For New Albany, Johnson had 34 points (breaking the career scoring record along the way), 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals, while sophomore Abby Scharlow scored 25 on 6-6 three pointers. Unfortunately for New Albany, they were hampered by an injury bug that wiped out their entire frontline. Center Jessy Dablow was in a shoulder harness for a muscle tear (I believe) as well as in a soft cast for a hand injury. Forward Lacy Farris played only about six minutes after not being expected to even dress because of a deep thigh bruise. And on one of the first possessions of the second half, second leading scorer and leading rebounder Kristin Traub was sent to the floor and injured her tailbone, which kept her on the bench the remainder of the game. All and all, the injuries meant several of New Albany's less experienced players had to see significant minutes, which hurt them in that game but could wind up being of definite benefit down the line. It was the fifth time in the last six games of this series that the game came down to the final shot in regulation. It also sets the stage for an incredible rematch in the sectionals." (scouting report by Brian Sullivan) In attendance were a handful of Purdue representatives. Kelly Komara and parents drove down for the game, as did members of the Purdue coaching staff. Kell Komara's mother turns out to be best friends with New Albany's Abbey Scharlow's (25 points, 6-6 threes) mother. The Purdue staff was both scouting Johnson and supporting Noon. 12-09-97...Noon started out the season among the state's top scorers. According to the 12/9 IHSAA scoring leaders chart, Mary Jo is currently in 9th place with a 4 game average of 25.8, and a season high of of 33 points. 6-31-97...Nike has invited 7 Indiana high school players to the Nike All-American Camp to be held July 20-24. Noon was invited along with fellow Purdue recruit Kelly Komara, plus Kyle Black from Indianapolis, Abbe Brauman from Brownsburg, Val Klopfer from Schererville, April Traylor of Martinsville and Amy Wright of Northeastern. Mary Jo has proven herself very worthy of all-star treatment, after leading the Indiana junior all-stars in scoring both games against the senior all-stars. 3-1-97...Mary Jo finished the 96-97 season 13th on the state scoring leaders final list. She scored 428 points through 19 games for an average of 22.5 ppg. Her season high was 34 points.

Single Game Statistics

DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS -------------------------------------------------- 04-19-98 10 Lost 81- North 86 04-11-98 8 Won 65- North AS 64 03-07-98 16 40 Lost 52- Ben Davis 57 02-28-98 17 Won 53- Castle 51 02-21-98 8 13 11 12 14 27 Won 60- #7 New Albany 52 02-20-98 15 33 Won 58- Bedford NL 37 01-20-98 25 10 17 3 5 0 0 15 0 5 1 23 Won vs Seymour 01-12-98 Did Not Play Lost vs Madison 01-11-98 Did Not Play Lost vs Castle 01-06-98 28 6 13 4 6 0 0 17 1 1 0 16 Won vs #9 New Albany 12-27-97 27 13 17 6 10 0 0 18 1 3 1 32 Won vs Scottsdale 12-27-97 20 6 13 4 5 0 0 10 0 1 1 16 Won vs Austin 12-20-97 23 10 13 5 7 0 0 14 0 1 2 25 Won vs Floyd Central 12-13-97 32 5 9 2 5 0 0 13 0 5 1 12 Won 44- Columbus East 37 12-11-97 23 14 18 6 9 0 0 14 0 5 3 34 Won 78- Clarksville 44 12-06-97 Did Not Play Won vs Corydon 11-28-97 31 9 12 6 9 0 0 12 0 5 1 24 Won vs Charlestown 11-26-97 23 13 15 2 3 0 0 11 0 5 0 28 Won 43- Bedford NL 39 11-22-97 19 15 25 3 4 0 0 15 0 3 1 33 Won 80- Booneville 57 11-14-97 17 6 10 6 6 0 0 7 0 2 0 18 Won 86- North Harrison 57 06-25-97 19 Lost 57- Senior AS 73 06-18-97 12 Lost 70- Senior AS 74

Season to Date Statistics

Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD RANK ------------------------------------------------------------------ 97-98 season 25.2 .648 .727 -- 13.3 21-3 #4 (IN) 02-16-98 23.0 .630 .690 -- 12.0 18-2 #6 (IN) 02-02-98 23.4 15-2 #8 (IN) 01-23-98 24.4 .660 .681 -- 13.3 0.2 1.0 3.3 12-2 #8 (IN) 01-14-98 23.8 11-1 #6 (IN) 12-15-97 24.8 .697 12.0 7-0 #4 (IN) 12-09-97 25.8 4-0 #4 (IN) 96-97 season 22.5 .629 13.6 17-2 #18(IN) 95-96 season 17.9 .624 11.8

Awards and Honors

97-98 season Preseason All-State First Team (Hoosier Basketball) Preseason All-American Honorable Mention (Street & Smith) Indiana Top40 Workout Reebok South Indiana All-Star Team Selection Indiana All-Star team All-State First Team (Associated Press) USA TODAY Indiana Honorable Mention 96-97 season Preseason All-State Second Team (Hoosier Basketball) All-County and All-Conference selection Indiana Junior All-Star Core Team Selection All-State Team (Indiana Coaches of Girls' Sports) All-State Team (Louisville Courier Journal) All-State Team (Indianapolis Star) Player-of-the-Year (Evening News) Jeffersonville Top Scorer and Top Rebounder Awards Jeffersonville High School Scholar Athlete AAU State Champions AAU 16-under National Tournament (3rd place) 95-96 season County and All-Conference selection All-State Honorable Mention (Associated Press) Player-of-the-Year (Evening News) Jeffersonville Top Scorer and Top Rebounder Awards AAU State Champions AAU 15-under National Tournament (5th place) 94-95 season AAU State Champions AAU National Champions

1997-98 Season Schedule for Jeffersonville

Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/14/97 FRI W @ North Harrison 11/22/97 SAT W @ Boonville 11/26/97 WED W @ Bedford North Lawrence 11/28/97 FRI W Charlestown 12/06/97 SAT W Corydon 12/11/97 THR W Clarksville 12/13/97 SAT W Columbus East 12/20/97 SAT W @ Floyd Central 12/27/97 SAT W Austin (@ Scottsville Shootout) 12/27/97 SAT W Scottsville (@ Scottsville Shootout) 01/06/98 TUE W @ New Albany 01/10/98 SAT L Castle 01/12/98 MON L @ Madison 01/20/98 TUE W Seymour 01/24/98 SAT W Silver Creek 01/29/98 THR W Providence 01/31/98 SAT W @ Jasper 02/03/98 TUE W @ New Washington 02/11/98 SAT W Jennings County (moved from 2/7) 02/12/98 THR W @ Ballard, Kentucky 02/20/98 FRI 6:00P W Sectional vs Bedford NL (@ Floyd Central) 02/21/98 SAT W Sectional Final vs New Albany (@ Floyd Central) 02/28/98 SAT 7:30P W Regional vs Castle (@ Bedford North Lawrence) 03/07/98 SAT 12:00P L Semi State vs #3 Ben Davis (@ Southport) * Times not available * * To confirm game time call Jeffersonville HS *

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