With three spots to use on players in the transfer portal, Cincinnati Bearcats Men’s Basketball Coach Wes Miller and his staff went to work and landed players to fill two of the three spots. For the third and final opening, Miller and company wanted to land an impact player on the wing who could offer size, scoring, shooting, playmaking, defense, and experience. Not a lot of players can check all those boxes and the ones that do are highly recruited by schools across the country. The staff zeroed in on former Virginia Tech and Memphis wing Landers Nolley II and were able to convince him to cast his lot with the Bearcats.
Nolley II was ranked as the number 68 prospect nationally by 247 Sports in the 2018 class, number 67 on the 247 Composite, and 15th ranked small forward. He held offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, FGCU, Georgetown, Georgia Tech and many others out of high school.
He visited Cincinnati last weekend and previously took visits to North Carolina State and Texas A&M since he entered the transfer portal. Among the highlights from his Cincinnati visit was a trip to the zoo with his 3-year-old daughter which turned out to be a big hit because Fiona never disappoints. What will Nolley II bring to the Bearcats roster?
Over 89 career college games, Nolley II has averaged 12.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game on 38.6% shooting from the field, including 34.5% from 3-point range and 79% from the free throw line. He profiles as a willing playmaker from the wing who can consistently score in double tricks, chip in on the glass, and defend multiple positions. Nolley II averaged 15.5 points per game to go with 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his freshman campaign at Virginia Tech where he started 29 of 32 games and averaged 30.2 minutes per game. His usage dropped during his two seasons at Memphis but his 3-point field goal percentage and overall field goal percentage both improved, and he’s consistently shot in the 79-80% range from the free throw line in his three college seasons.
Nolley II is one of the 20 best transfers in the portal and provides a terrific jolt to the Cincinnati Bearcats next season with his two-way ability, size, playmaking, and scoring ability. This past season the Bearcats struggled at times to generate offense in the half court and adding another player who has averaged double figures during his college career is a welcome addition for a team that expects to contend for an NCAA tournament berth.
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