UConn received some good news on Thursday, getting a verbal commitment from 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward Phil Nolan. Nolan, who attends Riverside University High School in Milwaukee, made the announcement on his Twitter account.
The Huskies desperately need frontcourt help after losing Alex Oriakhi (transfer), Roscoe Smith (transfer), Andre Drummond (NBA draft) and Michael Bradley (transfer). Swingman Jeremy Lamb also is entering the NBA draft. Nolan plans to visit UConn for the first time on Sunday, according to several reports. He visited St. John's last week and also took trips to Oregon and Clemson.
Facing a postseason ban in 2013, the Huskies have struggled in the recruiting department this spring.
"In my opinion, UConn is one of the best programs in the Big East," Nolan told the New Haven Register. "I know a couple of guys are transferring, and that opens up minutes at UConn."
Nolan attended a couple different schools before returning home to go to Riverside last year. Once he was cleared to play last season, he averaged 16.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.0 blocks per game.
Nolan joins an incoming recruit class that includes guard Omar Calhoun and swingman R.J. Evans, a Norwich Free Academy graduate. Evans, who played at Holy Cross last season, will attend graduate school.
In other news, Bradley has decided to attend Western Kentucky.
- Gavin Keefe