One-on-One with Noah Ohlsen: Chasing the Podium
Noah Ohlsen is a professional athlete from the United States. He plays basketball for the University of Houston Cougars. His height stands at 6’6″ (1.9 m). He is one of the tallest players in the NBA and among the tallest men in all of sports. He was drafted by the New York Knicks first overall in 2007, but chose to play for Houston instead after being traded there from New Jersey Nets during training camp.
In 2011, he won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. He became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1984 to win such an honor twice. On December 19th 2012, he was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time.
On January 15th 2013, he signed a five year contract extension with Houston worth $80 million dollars.
He is married to actress and model Lauren Holly Ohlsen. They have two children: daughter Ella Grace (born August 24, 2014) and son Jack Anthony (born April 7, 2016).
Noah is known to be very humble and down-to-earth. He is also a good person at heart. Despite his stature, he cares deeply for others and tries to do what he can for them.
His coach, Tom Poulin, had the following to say about him:
“Noah has everything you want in a center: size, speed, and remarkable court awareness. But what makes him so good is his humble attitude and strong work ethic. He’s never once complained about losing.
He just works harder with each loss. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll do whatever it takes to bring his team to victory.”
– Tom Poulin, coach of the University of Houston Cougars
Noah is in a relationship with actress and model, Lauren Holly Ohlsen. They have known each other for quite some time and have been together since their early teens. She has very supportive of his career choices as a professional athlete and often attends important events such as the NBA draft.
Despite the long distance relationship, they remain dedicated to each other.
Aside from this, not much is known about his private life. Noah doesn’t like to talk about it.
History with the game of basketball Edit
Noah first learned how to play basketball during his middle school years on a school team. He was instantly fascinated with the sport and continued to play growing up. He soon joined a high school team.
He was a major force on the team. He was picked up by college scouts and got a spot on the University of Houston.
Noah has a long history with playing basketball. He began playing when he was but a wee lad in grade school. He continued to play through middle school and high school.
The love for the game has never left him.
He is very skilled and has unmatched talent at his size. He has been called a huge force on the court. He is known for being humble and having a strong work ethic, two traits that will most definitely lead him to success in life.
Awards and Accomplishments Edit
Noah has several awards for his play in high school, some of which are listed below:
Noah has several awards for his play in college, some of which are listed below:
Personal Life Edit
Noah is currently married to actress and model, Lauren Holly Ohlsen. They have two children together: daughter, Ella Grace (born August 24, 2014) and son, Jack Anthony (born April 7, 2016).
Career stats and incidents Edit
Through his first three years in the league, Noah has proven to be a force on the court. Not only is he a talented offensive player, but he is also an asset on defense.
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3PT% Points Rebounds Blocks 2014/2015 HOU 67 67 33.2 45.1% 33.3% 16.7 1.3 1.0 2015/2016 HOU 75 75 30.3 46.8% 27.8% 15.3 2.2 1.2 2016/2017 HOU 73 73 34.1 48.7% 28.9% 18.5 2.4 1.1 CAREER — — 31.2% 35.1% 15.8 1.9 1.1
Personal Life Edit
Noah is currently married to actress and model, Lauren Holley Ohlsen. They have two children together: daughter, Elle Grace (born August 24, 2014) and son, Jack Anthony (born April 7, 2016).
Though he is still relatively young, Noah has a son: Jaxon (born June, 2012).
One of his favorite movies is Glory Road. He is a fan of alternative rock music and bands such as Broken Bells. He also enjoys sports cars and owns a bright red M3 BMW.
One of Noah’s most memorable games was on January 29, 2023 when he had an incredibly game against the Washington Wizards where he put up 32 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. This put him in the NBA history books as he became the first player in 20 years to achieve such a line.
He was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 2nd overall pick in the 2025 NBA Draft.
Noah has won an NBA championship in each of his first three years in the league and is currently enjoying a very successful career.
In February of 2018 at the age of 23, Noah was involved in a serious car accident when an intoxicated driver smashed into the driver’s side of his car. The force of the crash broke his neck and left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down. Despite the long odds, Noah vowed to walk again one day.
Noah began playing wheelchair basketball in October of 2018 and was expected to make his return to the NBA shortly after that.
The accident and his determination to walk again are the reasons why the most inspirational person of the year award was renamed in his honor.
Year-by-Year Breakdown Edit
Year Age Team GP MPG FG% 3PT% FT% REB AST STL BLK PTS 2025 23 HOU 60 32.4 48.2% 35.9% 77.8% 15 2.1 0 1.1 16.2 2026 24 HOU 80 35.1 46.1% 34.5% 75.7% 18 2.3 0 1.3 17.2 2027 25 HOU 60 35 48.3% 32.1% 80.9% 16.1 2.3 0.5 1.3 20.1 2028 26 HOU 63 35.7 48.5% 33.6% 80 5 15.2 1.4 1.8 16.3 2029 27 TOT 77 34.9 45.9% 31% 75.7% 15.6 2 0.8 2.2 15.2 2029 27 HOU 65 34.4 45.
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