MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It's a big night for basketball in the Olympics tonight, but closer to home, a young star in the sport is starting to make his own mark.
He's been recognized by college coaches and NBA players, and made national headlines on ESPN's SportsCenter - all because of his basketball skills. Now, you'll want to make sure you keep up with him because he'll be attending the Christian Academy in Myrtle Beach this school year.
Noah Cutler has become a media sensation, thanks to a video that went viral of his Steph Curry-like basketball handling.
"It's kind of crazy being so young and having all of that happening right now," said local basketball phenom Noah Cutler. Everyone has taken notice. His videos have been shown across the world and he has over 150,000 followers on Instagram where he motivates and encourages kids all around the world, no matter what their sport.
"It's cool to be someone that inspires other people to do other stuff," Cutler said. Noah enrolled in an Upward Basketball league when he was nine and once he picked up basketball, he wouldn't stop.
He's already been called a phenomenon. But aside from taking the internet by storm with his impressive shooting and ball handling, Noah Cutler has a story that stands out.
"Because how small I am I have to work twice as much as everyone else working hard," Cutler said.
Cutler has a growth disorder and he lacks what some might say is a requirement to excel at basketball. But it's something that hasn't changed his game or his attitude. He still runs the floor with no fear, and always remembers: heart over height.
It kind of motivates me to keep working harder because to prove the haters that I'm small but I can still make it," Cutler said. He trains in the gym for two to three hours a day and according to his dad, his dedication to basketball is second to none.
"He puts in the work. He wasn't naturally born talented, he's small for a basketball player, it's just the amount of time he puts in the gym. He goes out to the court by himself," said Noah's father, Josh Cutler.
Dad said education will always come first. Noah has been homeschooled for most of his life, but after taking a vacation here to Myrtle Beach, they decided he would go to school to have more social interaction with peers.
"The education here is fantastic, it's an education-first school. Books have always been primary over basketball and it's going to stay that way even through college," Josh Cutler said.
So the question is, what's next for Noah Cutler?
"Try and get into a D1 college around here and then probably play overseas," Cutler said.
But in the meantime, he'll be starting school and then playing basketball at the Christian Academy in Myrtle Beach. He'll definitely be one you'll want to keep your eye on.
Below are clips of Noah Cutler:
- Nba.com clip on YouTube with over 8million views
- USA Today
- USA Today High School sports
- Noah's Instagram full of viral content
- Viral mix tape