Tell us about yourself
My name is Noah Holley. I am 14 years old and live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am CPP’s new bracketologist. All you really need to know about me is that I live and breathe sports. I’ve been homeschooled since 2nd grade, and in the free time that comes with it, I fill my mind with as much sports information as possible. When I was a bit younger, I used to make up pretend sports and players. I must have invented dozens of the former and thousands of the latter. I love to write about all sports but college basketball, or bracketology in general, has always been my favorite.
What are some of your career goals?
My goal in my sportswriting career, as lofty as it is, is to replace Joe Lunardi on ESPN when he gets old. Either that or start my own sports magazine publication. I love to write about every sport, so having a preseason preview publication would be awesome.
What are some of your hobbies and interests (besides college basketball)?
Like I said, I love sports. I love to play them and watch them and read about them and write about them. I have my own website, Noahsports.net, where I write about sports when I’m not doing anything for CPP. My favorite sport of all to play is golf. I’m not very good but I have a passion for the game. I’ve swung a golf club every day for the past five years. I also enjoy writing (or attempting to write) fiction books and playing the guitar. I’m waiting for one to turn out good enough that I can get rich off of it. I have a brilliant idea for a sci-fi book that will be in stores by Christmas if you believe in miracles.
Who is/was your favorite college basketball player?
I’m a huge – and I mean HUGE – Virginia basketball fan, so my favorite player ever was Malcolm Brogdon. I love how he plays the game. He’s so defensive-minded and team-based. He is such a good person, too. But now that he’s used up all his eligibility, my favorite player would be… Gosh, I don’t know. There will just never be another Malc, so I’ll probably never have a player I like as much as him. I guess if I had to choose it would be Isaiah Wilkins or Josh Hart, who is a similar player to Brogdon. But Hart plays for Villanova, and that is arguably UVa’s top opponent in ’16-17, so I don’t like him that much.
What is your favorite college basketball game or moment in history?
When Virginia won the ACC Championship in 2014 over Duke. That was the first year I’d been alive when the Cavaliers were actually good, and we had a crazy turnaround after New Year’s Eve, so beating Duke to win the ACC Championship was beyond awesome. What made it even better was that later that day we were named a no. 1 seed. I have a picture of the event’s aftermath hung up in my room so I can look at it every day to remember how good it feels when one of my favorite teams does something monumental. It shows the Greensboro Coliseum floor, which is very much Duke territory, flooded with fans of orange and blue. It’s one of my favorite possessions. My aunt gave it to me for Christmas that year.
What is your favorite kind of food?
I like Mexican food the best. You can’t go wrong with a food culture that has lots of chips, cheese, and tomatoes (among other great things). But my favorite dish would be fish tacos. It’s real tough to beat a good Carolina-style hot dog either. Or fried shrimp.
Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Nope. It’s a hot dog. It has its own category. It is completely different.
I have never been a fan of this argument, and now look. This question proves that the hot dog-sandwich debate has spread like a disease from baseball to college basketball!
Favorite non college basketball team?
The Los Angeles Kings. I know this makes little sense, sense I live in Charlotte, but I’ve never been a die-hard of my hometown Panthers and Hornets, my Braves are too bad to cry over right now, and Virginia football is horrid, so I’ve adopted the LA Kings as my favorite non-UVa hoops team. I’ve pulled for them ever since their incredible 2012 Stanley Cup run. I don’t know, I just really like the team. I don’t know a ton about hockey but to me the Kings play it the right way. I also love all of their players. The answer to this question will be the Braves when they get better, though. I don’t want to sound like a fairweather fan – I still watch the Braves every day – but right now I feel more emotionally connected to the Kings since they are, like, you know, ACTUALLY GOOD. (Sorry if I’m a little bitter, but it has not been fun for Braves fans the past few years).
If you were starting a college basketball program which current college basketball player would you want to start with?
I would probably start with an unquestioned leader that I could count on to score 20 a game like Kris Dunn, but since he’s a pro now, I’d have to go with Josh Hart of Villanova. Him or Oregon’s Dillon Brooks, depending on which strategy I would use to build my team. I like Nigel Hayes as well. Allonzo Trier would be another option. But yeah, I would rather pick a veteran than a youngster to get my program going. To start a team, you need a leader.
What made you interested in joining the College Pride Press team?
I feel like College Pride Press is where my bracketology belongs. It’s made up of great people that have a true passion for the game. I could tell right away by viewing the site that I would have fun here, and I have. I’m honored to have a role like mine in a great website such as this.