Interest picking back up for Nolan

After a few trips to prep schools, Phillip Nolan, a 6-foot-10 post prospect, is back in Milwaukee getting his academics and basketball game in order.

College programs are beginning to take notice of Phillip Nolan, again.

After switching schools and two trips to prep schools, Nolan, a 6-foot-10, 200-pound post prospect, has settled in at Milwaukee (Wisc.) Riverside.

Early in the year Nolan was forced to the sidelines due to eligibility and academic issues. But as the season wore on, Nolan began focusing on his grades and getting his academic situation in order.

"I kind of let my grades slip a little bit," Nolan told Scout.com. "I've got it all taken care of now."

Nolan has played just a handful of games this season, but is averaging 13.5 points per outing.

"Now I'm just waiting for our first playoff game that is coming up Friday," Nolan told Scout.com. "The last two weeks I've just been working out with a trainer that was an assistant trainer for the Bucks and trained the Portland Trail Blazers."

Plenty of schools are still searching for quality senior big men. On the court, Nolan fits that mold. An athletic post player that runs the floor, Nolan is versatile and also has great touch around the basket.

"Every game I'm going to rebound and block shots," Nolan told Scout.com.

"I believe this whole year I've been sitting out I've really developed my perimeter game and I can be a threat outside and inside," he added. "I just believe if I put on a few more pounds that I'll be unstoppable."

After the summer, Nolan didn't hear much from college programs. Now it's starting to pick back up.

"A lot of schools backed off because they weren't sure about my situation and they didn't know if I was going to be playing my senior year or not," he said. "A couple of schools came back into play once they figured out I was playing."

"Missouri, Memphis and Tennessee, those are the three schools that are showing the most interest,' Nolan said.

Nolan has also heard from Oklahoma and received a phone call from Minnesota on Wednesday.

"Missouri wants me to come on a visit," he said. "Minnesota and Oklahoma did too. Those three were the strongest about me coming on a visit as soon as possible."

A three-star prospect, Nolan is one of the top available post prospects remaining in the 2012 recruiting class.


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