Thursday, May 3, 2012

Phillip Nolan Draws Praise from High School Coach

Phillip Nolan, UConn's newest recruit (and first since the program learned it will almost certainly be banned from next year's postseason), is "6-10, long, shoots pretty well from the outside," according to his high school coach, Tyrone Lewis.

"To be that long and tall like that, he can run the floor pretty well," added Lewis, who coached Nolan for just this past season at Milwaukee's Riverside University high school. "He can mix it up, and step back and hit jump shots, also."

Lewis said that Nolan was being recruited by Clemson, Marquette, Oregon, St. John's and DePaul, among others, and had visited Oregon, St. John's and Clemson. Nolan has yet to visit UConn, but Lewis believes that Nolan will be doing so early next week.

Lewis admitted that, after talking to him last week, he was "surprised" the big man chose UConn.

"But I think he's very happy with his decision," said Lewis.

Nolan could see minutes right away, as UConn's frontcourt was further depleted on Thursday when Michael Bradley officially announced he's leaving the program and heading to Western Kentucky University.

Nolan is well-traveled, having played for a couple of prep schools and public schools in the Milwaukee area. He had to sit out part of this past season until the MIAA cleared him to play a little after Christmas.

Lewis said Nolan averaged 16.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and three blocks per game. He shot 70 percent from the foul line and 62 percent from the floor. He also made three of the four 3-pointers he attempted.

Lewis said Nolan "did a pretty good job with academics" at Riverside.

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