Al Nolen Re-Takes Test for Gopher Eligibility

Al Nolen Jr., a 6-foot-1 point guard from Minneapolis (MN) Patrick Henry, is taking his college entrance test this weekend with the hopes of being eligible for Minnesota next season. Nolen averaged 12.8 points per game this past season as the Patriots finished 18-10.

Al Nolen Jr. became the first player from the Class of 2007 to commit to Minnesota when he verballed in July of 2005. Nolen Jr. led the Patriots to a 23-6 mark as a sophomore as he averaged 10.7 points per game.

Henry finished 22-7 his junior season as they lost to eventual state champion Minneapolis De LaSalle 61-56 in the section finals.

Nolen played for the Minnesota Magic Elite AAU team that won the 2005 Kingwood Classic 16-and-Under title, a team that also featured Cole Aldrich and Minnesota recruit Blake Hoffarber.

Nolen needs to raise his college entrance score two points to be eligible as a freshman. If he fails to be eligible, Nolen would look at a prep school or junior college.

Prep schools such as Cincinnati (OH) Harmony Prep, Tarzana (CA) Stoneridge Preparatory and Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame Preparatory have been mentioned as possible landing spot for Nolen, if he fails to qualify. Speculation is that he would prefer to go to a prep school for a year and then land at a Division I school for four years rather than attend a junior college for two years before moving on to the Division I level.

Nolen scored in double figures in 17 of 27 games this past season. He scored 20 or more points six times, including 29 in a 79-77 loss to St. Paul Johnson in the Twin Cites championship game.

Nolen scored just two points in each of Henry's playoff games. He had two points in the Patriots' easy 89-50 first-round win. Nolen was ejected from their second-round 80-77 loss to Minneapolis Washburn.

Nolen has excellent quickness and is a good passer. He needs to gain strength and improve his outside shooting consistency.

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