The race in the NECC is wide open and there are plenty of contenders for the top spot. Perhaps at the forefront of the general focus in the area is Central Noble, which has a solid mix of players in different positions and classes.
At 6-foot-1, Lucas Deck could be a player that gets pigeonholed as a plain guard at first sight, but if one expanded their vision they would see that he can rebound as well as most guys on the floor, grabbing 4.4 per game last year, including an impressive count of 11 rebounds in a late regular season win over Heritage.
Of course, Deck’s best area remains his offensive game. Though short in height, he has long limbs that make his moves to the basket and off the dribble unpredictable to similar-sized defenders. The senior of a power trio spanning three different classes at Central Noble, Deck averaged 8.8 points last season, shooting 58 percent inside the arc and 60 percent from the foul line. Deck is the first line of offense, averaging 4.1 assists per game last season as a true point guard who can seamlessly bounce back and forth between pass first and shoot first.
Deck is a workhorse, a fan of the weight room who is garnering more interest all of the time from the college level. To get there, he has had to develop every aspect of his game, making him a uniquely valuable part of the Cougar system. After a solid summer, Deck had a great showing in September at the Prep Hoops Indiana Top 250 expo. Deck’s work ethic shows that he is willing to do anything to take Central Noble to the next level so that he can succeed when it is his turn to play on the next level.
“Lucas has worked very hard on his game. He has shown improvement each year. He has turned himself into a good all around player,” says Central Noble coach John Bodey.