Duke, the reigning NCAA basketball champion, is considering two Milton High players for scholarships — senior combo guard Dai-Jon Parker and junior swingman Evan Nolte. Milton is the defending state champion in Georgia’s largest classification, and a top contender for next year’s mythical national championship with four major-college prospects.
The 6-foot-8, 190-pound Nolte recently returned from a whirlwind tour of the ACC, making unofficial visits to four schools in five days and meeting with Duke’s Mike Kryzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Wake Forest’s Jeff Bzdelik and Virginia’s Tony Bennett.
“Duke really likes Evan, [Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski] told me this by phone,” Milton coach David Boyd said. “They had Evan up for an unofficial visit [earlier this year] in which he scrimmaged with Duke players. He is on Duke’s watchlist for this summer.”
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Parker is also getting looks from Duke. Parker is considered a major-college prospect in both football and basketball and decided to give up football as a senior to focus only on basketball. His offer sheet includes Georgia Tech, UGA, Oregon, Virginia, Ohio State and Purdue. College scouts are getting plenty of opportunities to evaluate Parker this summer as he is playing with two AAU teams.
Nolte’s popularity has exploded among college coaches that are beginning to work on their 2012 recruiting classes. He holds offers from Georgia Tech, UGA, Wake Forest, Auburn, Clemson and Alabama, among others. He has a 3.7 GPA and is also under scholarship consideration from Duke, North Carolina, Stanford and Florida.
How was Nolte’s meeting at Duke? “Coach K was very cordial to Evan and his mom, and took time away from his Fantasy Camp to talk to them,” Boyd said. ”They will be following Evan closely in July.”
How about the talk with Roy Williams? “Coach Williams explained his philosophy on recruiting to Evan,” Boyd said. “He stated that he likes to wait until the last possible time so that his staff and he can do a good evaluation of the player before making an offer. He pointed out that UNC was the last school to offer last year’s No. 1 prospect, Harrison Barnes. He also asked Evan what he thought his weaknesses were and what he was doing about them. Evan responded that he was working on all phases of his game, including ball-handling, defensive lateral quickness, and speed. All of these things impressed Coach Williams.”
Milton point guard Shannon Scott has committed to Ohio State, while 6-foot-9 forward Julian Royal favors Georgia Tech, UGA and Wake Forest among his 40 scholarship offers.