Basketball: North Carolina coach Roy Williams takes seat in front row to observe Milton High’s Evan Nolte

With Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox watching closely from the front row, Milton High’s Evan Nolte led the Southern Kings to the Peach State championship on Thursday.
The 6-foot-8 Nolte has a dozen scholarship offers, including both Georgia and Georgia Tech, and was named MVP of the AAU 16-under basketball tournament. He scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, in a 69-58 win over the New Jersey Playaz.
“Kids can’t shoot nowadays … shooting is a lost art in basketball,” Kings coach Lawrence Gordon said. “If you can shoot, there will always be a place for you in college basketball. Now if you’re 6-foot-8 and can shoot the basketball like Evan Nolte, then you’re extra special.”
Nolte helped the Kings reach the championship by making a clutch 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation in the semifinals. The game went into two overtimes, and was eventually won by the Kings. North Carolina coach Roy Williams sat across from the team’s bench to observe Nolte’s every move.
“That was pretty nerve-wracking seeing Coach Williams,” Nolte said. “I try not to let it affect me, but it’s hard not to know who’s over there [in the NCAA coaching section] before the games. Everybody was talking about it, and excited to see [Williams].”
Gordon said 31 major-college coaches, including Duke’s Mike Kryzewski and Florida’s Billy Donovan, watched the Kings in a Tuesday game. Duke, Florida, North Carolina and Stanford are among the colleges that told Nolte that they would be evaluating him in July for a possible scholarship offer.
“It was a long week and we’re all tired, but it was very exciting,” Nolte said. “I can’t wait to go to Orlando next week to play again.”
*The Kings won without the services of one of the nation’s top juniors, Columbia High’s Jarmal Reid. The younger half-brother of Georgia forward Jeremy Price missed the last four games with a sprained right ankle.
“I missed being out there, but I was happy to see them win,” Reid said. “I always believe in these guys because they are my team.”
The 6-foot-7 Reid plays every position on the court for the Kings.  ”He’s is Mr. Mismatch,” Gordon said. “We play him at point guard and in the post area. He’s like an all-star utility guy in baseball. You put him at any position on the basketball court and he is going to get it done.
“It was huge not having Jarmal out there, but our team pressed on. To his credit, Jarmal stuck around to cheer and encourage the guys. He did a great job being the fourth coach on the bench.”
Reid, who is entering his junior year at Columbia, has early offers from Georgia, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Clemson, among others. He has entertained the idea of following Price to Georgia, even though they wouldn’t play on the same team because of the age difference.
“My brother supports whatever I decide about a college,” Reid said. “The biggest thing he talks to me about is maintaining the right attitude. There are a lot of talented players in basketball, but he said without that, you’re really nothing.”
No. 12 Evan Nolte oversees the Kings (AJC's Michael Carvell)

No. 12 Evan Nolte oversees the Kings (AJC's Michael Carvell)

Aiken, S.C. — With Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox watching closely from his seat in the front row, Milton High’s Evan Nolte led the Southern Kings to the Peach State championship on Thursday.

The 6-foot-8 Nolte has a dozen scholarship offers, including both Georgia and Georgia Tech, and was named MVP of the AAU 16-under basketball tournament. He scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, in a 69-58 win over the New Jersey Playaz.

“Kids can’t shoot nowadays … shooting is a lost art in basketball,” Kings coach Lawrence Gordon said. “If you can shoot, there will always be a place for you in college basketball. Now if you’re 6-foot-8 and can shoot the basketball like Evan Nolte, then you’re extra special.”

Nolte helped the Kings reach the championship by making a clutch 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation in the semifinals. The game went into two overtimes, and was eventually won by the Kings. North Carolina coach Roy Williams sat across from the team’s bench to observe Nolte’s every move.

“That was pretty nerve-wracking seeing Coach Williams,” Nolte said. “I try not to let it affect me, but it’s hard not to know who’s over there [in the NCAA coaching section] before the games. Everybody was talking about it, and excited to see [Williams].”

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Gordon said 31 major-college head coaches, including Duke’s Mike Kryzewski and Florida’s Billy Donovan, watched the Kings in a Tuesday game. Duke, Florida, North Carolina and Stanford are among the colleges that told Nolte that they would be evaluating him in July for a possible scholarship offer.

“It was a long week and we’re all tired, but it was very exciting,” Nolte said. “I can’t wait to go to Orlando next week to play again.”

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16 comments Add your comment

Worm

July 15th, 2010
8:02 pm

Evan, check the tar heels record this year..Will not be very good..Why do you think the wear twins transferred..McAdoo is coming next year along with harrison barnes this year..

Milton dad

July 15th, 2010
9:48 pm

c’mon, crabapple. please consider getting help.
Now on a more mature note, it is great to see 4 great kids at Milton reap the rewards of their hard work. Kudos to the parents, also. i know most of them. They are model parents. No wonder they turned out so well. Good luck this year Julian, Shannon, Dai Jon and Evan. Also good luck to Milton’s region foes – you’re gonna need it.

ormewood

July 15th, 2010
10:22 pm

Evan, don’t bet on UNC having another bad season. It’s simply never happened before in Williams’s coaching career. Don’t foresee it happening now. They won’t be national champ material, but they’ll be solid. Count on it.

y

July 16th, 2010
12:15 am

Worm I understand he had a bad year last year but two national championships in 2005 and 2009 along with several final fours…speak volumes about Roy Williams coaching ability. He also puts people in the league at a regular pace…you realize our program has only had one first round draft pick recently…Jarvis Hayes…and he was a bust. Lets not talk crap to a program like UNC…we need to emulate what they do and try to gain success. They are college basketball and you know its would be an honor to be a Tar Heel.Its gonna be tough competition to keep him looking at the dogs if the big boys come calling. I hope he comes to Athens though…he would really be the best player UGA has had since Wilkins. I really hope this kid does not play for Tech.

Paul in RDU

July 16th, 2010
1:16 am

Worm – I hate to break it to you, but there is no way that UGA is a more attractive program than UNC. Even if you ignore the facilities and the fans (22,000 knowledgeable, passionate b’ball fans in a full Dean Dome vs 9,000 fans waiting for a football game in an almost full Stegeman Arena) and look at the prospects for the teams, it is no contest.
UNC has 3 McDAA’s coming in next year to a team that made the finals of the NIT. Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock are tearing it up in a Pro-Am league here in the Triangle. Both are going to end up in the NBA – Barnes will be there in 2011. Henson is much improved (and it helped that Roy put him back in his best position) and Zeller has recovered from injury – the also have a hall of fame coach.
I like Fox as a coach but comparing the 2 programs is, in the words of Dickie V, a complete M and M’er – a mismatch babeeee

Paul in RDU

July 16th, 2010
2:03 am

crabapplejoe – Does Georgetown try to recruit McDAA’s? Of course they do.
BTW – Try googling “Nate Lubick” – he’s Georgetown’s best recruit this year.

MM

July 16th, 2010
2:26 am

I’m a Georgia fan and yes, Georgia usually has a dismal season. They seem to care little about basketball there. Hugh Durham revived a dormant program there and the fools later fired him. He did a fine job there with no support from the school. You’re right – UNC gets the McDonald’s All-Americans, Georgia gets those who use McDonald’s drive-throughs. Check out castefootball.us (covers all sports).

AU Fan?

July 16th, 2010
6:08 am

Hey crabapplejoe, why did you bring up Georgetown?

Rjbnoles9

July 16th, 2010
8:34 am

I totally agree with Crabapple here. He is absolutely spot on about this and you can’t ignore the facts. I can see Nolte being like a Dunleavy.

phil

July 16th, 2010
8:59 am

Can’t wait for the first Tar Heels BB game this year? BTW, who do they play?

Nick P.

July 16th, 2010
10:48 am

Come on Nolte, stay localand help either techor bulldogs and get a huge amount of playing time accomplishing your goals! Rememberm to make it in college and perhaps beyond, you have to get playing time and both local schools can guarantee you that where as the other ones , you are just a little fish in the big pond again!

crabapplejoe

July 16th, 2010
3:31 pm

@Paul in RDU who wrote: BTW – Try googling “Nate Lubick” – he’s Georgetown’s best recruit this year.

Well now…it looks like your white boy Nate Lubick has taken my advice and decomitted to Georgetown….gonna go to either Duke or Notre Dame. LMAO. Kid wised up just as Evan should do.

http://www.umhoops.com/2009/07/09/nate-lubick-decommits-from-georgetown/

Milton dad

July 16th, 2010
11:18 pm

the war ain’t over…yet, is it crabapple. bet you have a flay in the back window of your truck. sok, its not all your fault. it was programmed into you by your parents and friends growing up. and you never found a way to leave it behind when you became an adult. no charge for that psychological assessment. And, I promise not to try and reason with you anymore. I will view you as an amusing caricature. Go Milton. Go Nolte. and, oh yeah, go you other black players on Milton.

crabapplejoe

July 17th, 2010
2:20 pm

@Milton dad: Yep, we’ve been in Afganistan like nine years now…with no end in sight. What is a “flay”? What am I supposed to leave behind? You haven’t “reasoned” with me in the past why would you start now. If you haven’t noticed that some teams/cultures are more white friendly and some are more black friendly then you really are not paying attention. Please notice that Georgetown has not started a white player in over a generation….Meanwhile Duke has won several national championships during this same time period starting a majority of white players. These are facts…I’m sorry if you can’t handle the truth. If you are a white basketball player…and you want to play basketball as a starter…it would be wise to choose a school like Duke or Notre Dame who have traditions of starting white players at all positions. Or you could be really stupid and choose Georgetown where one of a long line of racist coaches named Thompson would sit your a@@ on the bench. When was the last time Coach Hewitt started a white guard or forward? Why would you advise a young white talent to go to one of these institutions that practice racism against similar people. As far as “go you other black players on Milton” is concerned…isn’t Nolte white? They can go wherever they wish because they will not be discriminated against on the basketball court because of the color of their skin. Please take off the rose colored glasses and view reality as it is…..

jdog

July 18th, 2010
10:05 am

crabbyjoe… Most college basketball teams I watch on TV play white guys, when they have one that can play. Either your playing the race card to try and sway Nolte to Duke or your just racist.

Did anyone see that Kentavious Caldwell, a 5 star basketball recruit, comitted to UGA? Wow!

crabapplejoe

July 18th, 2010
12:39 pm

@jdog: Have you watched Georgetown in the last 30 years or Georgia Tech in the last few years. You call me a racist for trying to sway a kid to go to a school where he won’t be discriminated against….wow….America 2010…what a strange place….but you would never refer to Georgetown’s coaches as “racist” for never recruiting a white kid. LMAO. Meanwhile Georgia will continue to recruit kids like Kentavious and suck…while Duke will continue to recruit kids with names like Kyle, Jon, Miles, etc. and win national championships. The name “Evan” seems more like a Duke name to me.