Evan Nolte: Education First, Pros Second

Evan Nolte is that rare commodity…a 6-7, 200 pound small forward with shooting range that is often described by being in an adjacent zip code rather than in feet from the basket. With a sister, who's a sophomore at Tech and a brother on the UGA basketball team….life is interesting as his junior season at 5-A Georgia State Champion, Milton high school, is a matter of days away.

Evan Nolte spent the summer playing with the highly touted Southern Kings AAU team. His exposure and performance playing for the Kings led to many of the top programs in the south showing interest in him. "I have offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Virginia, Oklahoma, Iowa, Clemson, Auburn, Florida, and Northwestern." None of the schools stand out to Nolte right now.

Evan has a brother at Georgia and a sister at Georgia Tech. Has that had any effect on how he looks at those two schools? "My brother and I have talked about their style of play, Coach Fox, and stuff like that." Nolte received the offer from Tech early last year and has also talked to his sister about life at Georgia Tech. "We've talked more about campus life than anything." Neither school has an edge at this time. "It's really a clean slate that I'm working from."

Evan has a list of things that he'll be looking at in choosing a school. "Getting a good education, a solid basketball program, a good relationship with the coach and his staff, campus life, and student life are important."

Nolte is hoping that his college choice gives him an education first and a pro career is secondary. "I will certainly work hard and if that results in playing in the pros that would be great but my focus will be getting a solid education and graduating."

As a junior at Milton, Nolte continues to grow. "I think I've grown another half inch or an inch." Nolte gets his size from his dad. "My dad is 6'8"," said Evan. "He played ball at a small college in Wisconsin."

Evan is getting ready to take some college visits. "I have an unofficial one to Virginia the weekend of October 23rd."

Nolte and his teammates are getting ready to begin their season and getting ready to defend their state championship. They've been rated as high as #3 in the country. "We will likely start Julian Royal (GT commit), Shannon Scott (Ohio State commit), Jordan Lloyd (Furman commit), Dai-Jon Parker, and me."

Milton will be hitting the road for two out-of-state tournaments. "We play in the City of Palms in Florida over Christmas and I think in January in the Basketball Hall of Fame against Oak Hill in Springfield, Massachusetts."

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