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Twelve Division I basketball programs offered Terry Nolan Jr., a scholarship. Narrowing that list down was "overwhelming" at times, but once the Mount Carmel senior set foot on the Chattanooga campus, everything became clear.

"The first day I stepped on campus, they made me feel as though it was my second home, exactly like how I feel at Mount Carmel," Nolan said. "I liked it a lot."

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Nolan, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard, committed to the Mocs last week. Siena was his runner-up, while Boston University, Delaware, Hofstra, Loyola, Murray State, NJIT, Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Southern Utah and Towson were also considered.

Nolan, who was called up to Mount Carmel's varsity late in his freshman year, averaged 13 points, two steals and two assists as a junior, earning second-team All-Baltimore Catholic League honors.

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His first offer came from Delaware at the beginning of his junior year. Playing for Baltimore United on the Under Armour Association circuit took his recruitment to another level. He gave some thought to playing for one of the Baltimore schools, but ultimately decided to leave home for college.

"Location was never really as big of a factor," Nolan said. "I actually cut that aspect out of schools, taking that out of consideration. [I looked mostly at] the academics they provide and the business school, and how their team has been the past couple of years."

In Chattanooga, Nolan found a program that satisfied all this requirements. A 3.2 student, Nolan was impressed by the emphasis Mocs coaches put on academics and the university's business program. Fresh off a Southern Conference championship and an NCAA tournament appearance, the basketball spoke for itself.

"I'm looking for a Cinderella run in the tournament," Nolan said.

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Nolan said he's already built a great relationship with the Mocs coaching staff, particularly first-year assistant Kevin Easley.

"I was his recruit and his first offer – first day on the job. That meant a lot to me," Nolan said of the former UNC Wilmington director of basketball operations. "He's been watching me ever since I was in 10th grade. We went to Alhambra, this big tournament. He saw me there for the first time. He was following me at his other schools, but he didn't have a recruiting position until Chattanooga."

Nolan said the coaches told him to be ready to come in as a freshman and get "a lot of minutes right away."

"They can expect leadership, hard work and effort from Day 1," Nolan said. "They can expect a guy committed to getting better and getting his guys around him better."

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