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