Milford Mill star center Nolan moves to Dunbar All-Metro pick eligible to play this season

September 15, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

All-Metro center Norman Nolan of Milford Mill High transferred to Dunbar yesterday and is eligible to play basketball for the school this winter, Poets coach Pete Pompey said.

Dunbar offers open enrollment to students who live in Baltimore City and pursue a health curriculum, and Pompey said there are several ways that the residency requirement can be met. He would not comment on how Nolan met the guideline, saying only that Nolan's "mother and stepfather have done what they could to get him into the school."

"He's a student first at Dunbar High," said Pompey, The Baltimore Sun's 1991-1992 Coach of the Year. "His parents put him into a situation that they thought was best for him academically."

Neither Nolan nor his parents could be reached for comment yesterday.

As a 6-foot-7 sophomore last season, Nolan led the Millers to the Class 1A state championship. He was named to the All-Metro first team.

Despite an injured left wrist, he totaled 54 points, 25 rebounds and eight blocked shots in the semifinal and championship victories.

Over the Millers' 26-game schedule, Nolan averaged 21.7 points, 15.4 rebounds and 3.9 blocks. He ended the season one block shy of the school career record, 15 short of the rebounding mark and 530 points shy of the scoring record.

Milford Mill coach Homer Seidel confirmed yesterday that Nolan "came in and withdrew from school this morning," but said he did not know whether Nolan had transferred to Dunbar.

Upon being informed that Pompey met with Nolan's mother yesterday morning and the transfer had been completed, Seidel said, "I'm glad Pete's got him, and I wish him good luck."

Dunbar joins the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association this year from the Maryland Scholastic Association and will compete, along with Milford Mill, for this year's Class 1A state title.

Dunbar went 29-0 last year en route to the No. 1 national ranking. The Poets' victories included wins over nine nationally ranked opponents, and the addition of Nolan figures to keep the Poets a force.

"He's a nice young man and he's got great potential both as a student and a basketball player," said Pompey. "I hope at Dunbar, we can help him bring those two aspects together."

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