Phil Nolan on commitment to UConn

Phil Nolan, a 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward from Milwaukee, committed to UConn Thursday without ever meeting head coach Jim Calhoun or assistant coach Kevin Ollie.

“Since UConn came into the picture a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been talking to coach Calhoun and coach Ollie pretty much every day,” Nolan said.

Nolan said Calhoun officially offered a scholarship on Monday.

A few other comments from the newest member of the UConn basketball family:

*Nolan on Calhoun: “In my opinion, from what I’ve got, I believe (Calhoun) will be the head coach next year. But then again, he’s not the only coach I established a relationship with. It’s really not a big concern for me.”

*Nolan on playing time next season: “With some guys transferring and some guys entering the draft, I felt there were minutes available. I know if I work hard enough, I’ll be able to obtain some of the minutes…My thing was, I want to play as a freshman. It depends on how hard I work.”

*Nolan on decision: “It pretty much was between UConn and St. John’s…I actually visited St. John’s last weekend.”

*Nolan’s greatest area for improvement: “I believe I have to work on my strength. I’ve been pretty much going hard in the weightroom lately with that. I actually gained a lot of weight since the season ended.”