Wharton's Gomez, Noble choose schools

Players were expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday evening.

Published May 17, 2007

TAMPA - Wharton point guard Anthony Gomez and shooting guard Adam Noble have committed to Division II Saint Leo and Eckerd, respectively, and were expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday evening.

They become the second and third players from the Wildcats' 29-2 squad to accept scholarships. Fellow guard Shawn Vanzant signed with Butler in February.

Gomez averaged 13.2 points and 4.3 assists as a senior; Noble 10.4 points and 4.6 assists. Gomez's four steals per game led Wharton, which fell to eventual Class 5A state champion Winter Park Lake Howell in the region finals.

Gomez becomes the second local player - joining Tampa Prep center Walter Perkins - to sign with Saint Leo this week.

"I really like the players and I like the coach (Mike Madagan), " Gomez said. "When I visited, I pretty much liked the whole environment."

Noble, who graduates with a weighted GPA of nearly 5.0, selected Eckerd over Indiana-based small schools DePauw and Marion. In his three seasons, Wharton amassed a 76-11 record.

"I just like the (Eckerd) coach (Tom Ryan); of all the coaches I met, he was my favorite, " Noble said. "I just liked the school."