Phil Nolan is bigger and stronger and more confident as he heads into his second season at UConn. Next week, he will be testing his skills in the Four Nations Cup in Estonia.
Nolan will be part of the East Coast All-Stars, who will represent the U.S. in a tournament that includes Belarus, Estonia and the Slovak Republic July 25-27. The group will arrive in Tallinn on July 23, play the Estonian team in an exhibition.
Joining the 6-9 Nolan are Russ Smith of Louisville, Eron Harris of West Virginia, Rakeem Christmas and Mike Gbinije of Syracusem Jarrold Uthoff of Iowa, Jabrille Williams of Binghamton, Kadeem Batts of Providence, Tate Unruh of Northern Colorado,Tom Knight of Notre Dame, Mike Rudy and Justin Miller of Lycoming.
The coach is Guy Rancourt of Lycoming
Nolan played sparingly most of his freshman year, averaging 10.8 minutes over 23 games, but after Enosch Wolf was suspended he had to play a larger role, and he turned in encouraging minutes against Syracuse. Then after Tyler Olander’s injury, Nolan had to shoulder most of the load up front against Providence, and Batts, and he played 34 solid minutes in the Huskies’ season-ending OT win on March 9. Having seen him a week or so ago at Gampel working with the other bigs, it was obvious Nolan has continued his strengthening program and looks like he’ll be a much improved player this coming season.
Another note: details of UConn’s 2K Classic games at Madison Square Garden were made official. The Huskies will play Boston College on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., and the winners, and losers, of that game will pair up with the winners and losers of the Indiana-Washington semifinal on Nov. 22. The consolation game will be at 5 p.m. on Nov. 22, the championship game to follow. All the games will be on ESPN 2, or ESPN U.
The preliminary or “regional” games have not yet been announced, but as we have reported, the Huskies will host Boston University and Detroit during the week leading up to Nov. 21 at the Garden.
Playing in a four-game tournament allows the Huskies to schedule 13 non-conference games, or 31 total. The non conference schedule should be announced soon; they’re still dotting I’s, crossing T’s, etc.