Known as the “People's Champ” to many and Coach Nolan to others, Nolan is one of the most charismatic players to ever play the game of basketball. Understanding early there was so much more to life than just his athletic ability, he made it his mission to make his off the court persona as big as his on the court plays.
After graduating from Oak Hill Academy, he chose to attend Duke University for both academic reasons and the opportunity to play basketball for one of the nation's top teams.
During Nolan’s time at Duke, the team went 65-2 at Cameron Indoor Stadium for both home wins, and winning percentage in a four year period. In his junior season, Nolan helped lead the team to win a National Championship, and returned the following season to lead the team to the Sweet Sixteen.
Along with winning the National Championship, one of Nolan’s most notable achievements was being named a consensus first-team All-American and the ACC Player of the year in 2011.
While in college, Nolan worked with a non-profit called The Monday Life, whose mission is simple, yet impactful, to help hospitalized children feel better. Through his visits to Duke Children’s hospital, the children left an impact on him that he would never forget.
After receiving his degree in African and African American Studies, Nolan was selected at the 21st pick overall in the 2011 NBA Draft to the Portland Trail Blazer, where he played two seasons.
Currently, Nolan is a Special Assistant for the Duke Men’s Basketball team.
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