Georgia Tech has Milton junior as No. 1 target for 2012 recruiting class (UPDATED)

Georgia Tech has told Evan Nolte that he is the No. 1 target for its basketball recruiting class of 2012, according to his coach.

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The 6-foot-8, 190-pound Nolte is a junior swingman at Milton High, which won the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification last March. He averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds last season.

“Georgia Tech said they really like Evan because of the following: he is a very skilled player who has NBA range on his 3-pointers, he is 6-8 and still growing, he plays on a championship high school program, he’s a great student (with a 3.7 GPA), and he loves to compete,” Milton coach David Boyd said.

Evan also has an older sister who attends Georgia Tech. He also has an older brother, Connor Nolte, who is a member of UGA’s basketball team. Evan has early offers from both Georgia Tech and UGA, along with Auburn, Alabama, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, Virginia, and South Carolina.

Georgia Tech and UGA have also offered a pair of rising seniors at Milton, 6-9 power forward Julian Royal and 6-4 combo guard Dai-Jon Parker. Another senior, point guard Shannon Scott, committed to Ohio State.

Back to Nolte: Georgia Tech and Virginia coaches both told Boyd that Nolte is their top priority for the 2012 class. Duke called this week to check on Nolte, as the NCAA Champion Blue Devils, North Carolina, Stanford and Florida have expressed heavy interest.

His coach has some great stories already about Nolte — who still has two seasons of high school ball left to play.

“Virginia coach Tony Bennett was sitting in the stands when we played Walton (in the region tournament) and happened to be on the phone with Evan’s father Kurt, who was out of town,” Boyd said. “Bennett said ‘Mr. Nolte, I’ve really never done this but I’m offering your son a scholarship right here and now on the spot.’” [Note: Nolte finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds vs. Walton].

Then there’s Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik. Said Boyd, “The new head coach from Wake Forest said, and I am quoting him here, that ‘if he had two scholarships to give Nolte, he would give them. In other words, if the NCAA allowed him to give Evan two scholarships rather than one, he would do it. That is how high he is on Nolte.”

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32 comments Add your comment

JacketPower

June 18th, 2010
7:14 am

Awesome! Go Jackets!! I’m a Milton and Tech alum. Let’s hope he finds his way to the flats.

Can you say...

June 18th, 2010
8:01 am

…Tyler Hansbrough? If UNC or Duke want him, it is a done deal. Otherwise, it is a toss-up between UGA and Tech, with UGA getting the edge since the kid is really not Hewitt’s type kid, if you get my drift…but he is a skilled player whom he has to recruit since he is local…

Homeboy

June 18th, 2010
8:21 am

Even though Coach Boyd adopts all his players, it is Julian Royal not Boyd.

BigTimeTECHFan

June 18th, 2010
8:35 am

Even would be perfect for Duke or Butler but hope he comes to Tech. He’s a lot like the guy that carried Butler to final 4, big shooter.

Smyrna Jacket

June 18th, 2010
8:52 am

Durty Burd

June 18th, 2010
8:58 am

This kid is going to be great where ever he goes..I have had the opportunity to see him several times last year and he is worth the hype.

Too Easy

June 18th, 2010
9:01 am

Can You Say: I get your drift. You are correct, sir.

Coach Hewitt..

June 18th, 2010
9:13 am

I do not want him to play for me here at Tech…. He’s not “coordinated” enough, IYKWIM :-)
My good friend & benefactor Dave Braine said hi & suck it B**ches… LMMFAO.. $7.1million or STFU…. I OWN THIS SCHOOL…. Great weather here in St. Kitts, I’ve got a $2800.00 a nite condo on the beach, Thanks for my contract so I can live like I do. I guess it sucks for you huh?? LMMFAO… PAUL…

Flagboy....

June 18th, 2010
9:29 am

Have a great time in the islands Coachie Poo… We love you here at Tech. Toodles & miss you, Flagboy, GT’11…

Milton Fan

June 18th, 2010
9:40 am

Tech landing Evan won’t happen while Hewitt is still coach. Bad blood there.

ormewood

June 18th, 2010
9:50 am

Other than being a white guy, he doesn’t appear remotely like Hansbrough. How many three-pointers did Hansbrough make in his career? Probably less than 25. If you want to compare him to white guys, Mike Dunleavy Jr or Kyle Singler sound like better comparisons. Even though I just compared him to two Duke guys, I would like to see him stay in-state.

Da'reek

June 18th, 2010
9:51 am

I suggest Tech find a new number one target because he won’t be going to Georgia Tech.

PMC

June 18th, 2010
9:54 am

yeah but when you have lots of options why go play for Paul Hewitt?

What are you really going to improve about your game?

W/E

June 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

Nolte might as well be a European player. Great shooter but is a liability on D seeing as he’s not quick or fast enough to guard the 1-3 positions and lacks the strength to guard anything resembling a bonafide post player. But he’s a great shooter and rebounds well despite his severe lack of athleticism. He’ll never be a superstar though seeing as he’s not quick enough to get his own shot. I can’t see how he’ll be effective at Tech unless they run him off multiple screens per offensive posession.

W/E

June 18th, 2010
12:15 pm

oh and he flops and b*tches at the refs a lot as well.

bulldogmaniac

June 18th, 2010
1:09 pm

SO? He will be alot of peoples #1 target.
He and his teamate will come to UGA!
Go Dogs!

Bill Campbell

June 18th, 2010
1:13 pm

When the kid compares the Tech season with the Georgia upcoming season results…he will become a Dawg. Georgia is a upcoming program with great coaching while Tech is a program on a steady decline.

Delbert D.

June 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

Football, please.

messin....

June 18th, 2010
4:09 pm

ugag has a bball team?

mebeingme

June 18th, 2010
5:11 pm

PH won’t be at Yech in 2012!

Techsucks

June 18th, 2010
7:03 pm

Yes messin, we do. The same bball team that beat u 73-66 last year. U sir, just got owned.

Jason

June 18th, 2010
8:32 pm

He will go to Georgia Tech if Duke doesn’t offer. He doesn’t want to go to a joke of a program like UGA.

Uncle Miltie

June 19th, 2010
12:10 am

@ W/E:
I watched many Milton games last season, and felt that Evan was Milton’s best interior defender. While Dai-Jon was gambling out on the perimeter and Julian was getting bodied out of position, Evan usually found a way to fill the open seams down low for a key block, rebound or seal of the baseline. Sure, he may have looked a little awkward guarding the 1-3’s, but he was still respectable especially for a 6-8 SOPHOMORE. A Euro, you say? Yeah, maybe….like Nowitzki or possibly even Gasol. At this point, ormewood’s Dunleavy Jr comparison is pretty close.

Let the young man grow into his frame for another couple of years before being too critical of his game.

W/E

June 19th, 2010
12:03 pm

We shall see, all I know is I’ve seen other teams mark him with 6′2 kids with great success because he won’t go down low with anyone who is remotely physical. And again, Dunleavy is more than just a spot-up shooter, which is all Nolte has been in his first two-years. And for you to try and call out Dai-jon for his D is lunacy. He’s considered by many as the top on ball defender in his class for the entire nation. And you say let him grow, I say why does he need to grow more, he should be dominant in the post, but I’ve seen 6′1 Karl Cochran manhandle your boy in the post on 3 different occasions. Nolte is a fine player and high-major recruit, but if anybody is expecting this kid to be a superstar in college or to even make the NBA they are dilusional.

W/E

June 19th, 2010
12:04 pm

And thank you carvell for deleting my post even though it was clean, gah you would think a writer of all people would be fair when people are arguing points. How big is that leash David has you on.

Vince

June 19th, 2010
1:54 pm

We only send our bag men for football players. Basketball was only good when we had that Harrick fella…..he was so great. My favorite all time basketball coach. Goin’ down to pay Herschel’s momma today!

Vince Doodley

BBFan

June 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

If he went for 25 and 15 against Walton he was going against some pretty athletic 6:2 forwards. Willliams state runner up high jump, and Rice. So it seem as though you are just throwing out stero types not facts. The kid can shoot, he has good court vision, he rebounds and gets loose balls. He should go to Georgia much better coach then Georgia Tech. Fox will know how to use him.

BBFan

June 19th, 2010
2:53 pm

Not hating on Paul Hewitt. He has done a great job with Glen Rice Jr who played no defense in high school and was an outstanding defensive player for Georgia Tech. Nolte would fit in the role of spot up shooter which Brian Oliver lost to Glen Rice Jr. But Fox has done more with less at Georgia and Nevada before that and is just the better coach.

Gt4ever

June 19th, 2010
4:24 pm

oh my, Fox has done NOTHING! He may be the best coach since, well, since Bobby Knight, but please all you UGAG fans give it a break. Let the man prove he can coach before you anoint him the “ONE”…… Good Grief, there is nothing like a delusional UGAG fan!

Flagboy....

June 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

Gt4ever…. I but I could make UGAG…IYKWIM.. :-) … Toodles… Flagboy, GT ‘11….

Willy

June 19th, 2010
8:56 pm

If he wants to win and go to the NBA he should go to GT. If he wants to finish last in the joke of a conference SEC he should go to UGA. UGA fans crack me up when they think Fox is a good coach after leading them to a 14-17 season. LOL

milton dad

June 20th, 2010
10:45 pm

He will never make it at the next level b/c he is white and everyone knows that means he can’t jump and isn’t quick or athletic enough to keep up with superior black athletes. Just like everyone knows black people can’t play quarterback b/c they aren’t smart enough. there. is that where we’re locked in? sad. grow out of it people.
I know even and his family. he is a great kid. just like his teamates jon, shannon and julian. All very talented and work very hard. They will all be very successful. Believe me you wouldn’t want to play nolte at ping pong, cards or tiddly winks b/c he is a fierce competitor who finds a way to win. hates to lose. And he has 2 seasons remaining. Can’t wait.