Gamecocks offer Georgia forward

After watching Evan Nolte at the Big Shots tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. last week, South Carolina coach Darrin Horn called Evan Nolte and offered the 2012 forward.

Evan Nolte had a big showing at the Big Shots tournament last week. So much so, that the proof was in the pudding.

A couple of coaches called Nolte's coach to inquire on him, with one extending an offer — South Carolina's Darrin Horn.

"I guess they did it yesterday," Nolte said of the offer. "My coach just called my dad and left a message."

Nolte has been a guy the staff has been interested in, but there hadn't been much of a relationship. However, things are starting to change on that front.

"It's all pretty new to me," the Alpharetta, Ga. standout said. "I haven't been (to Columbia), but my dad went there once. I would like to be more interested. I'm sure I'll get down there sometime."

Other schools to step up to the plate with offers are Georgia, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Wake Forest, according to Nolte.

He also states that Clemson and Stanford have shown solid interest with Duke and North Carolina dabbling into his recruitment a little bit.

"I mainly want to go to the ACC," the rising junior said. "That's probably my top choice. But if it doesn't work out, maybe the SEC."

No timetable for a decision has been set in stone, but Nolte has an idea as to what he wants to do.

"I don't think there's any rush (on making a decision)," the 6-foot-7 forward said. "I'll probably make a decision this school year. I think we're going to narrow it down probably after the summer.

"It's a blessing. I'm just so thankful to have choices and have lots of schools to pick from."

When asked what type of player that a school will get in Nolte, he let his deadly shooting ability and versatility be known.

"I like to think I'm a shooter," he said. "I can play down low. I play down low for my school (Milton). I can pick and pop and run the screen."

When asked who he models his game after and who he's compared to, versatile wings with size are the guys he responded with.

"I've heard comparisons to Mike Dunleavy," he said. "I try to model my game off of Kyle Singler or Chandler Parsons."

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