Al Nolen
Al Nolen


Minneapolis, Minn.

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 180


Milestones: Scored in double figures 15 times in his career • recorded 64 steals in 2007-08 and also in 2008-09, the fifth most in a season in Gopher history • his 32 thefts in conference play in 2007-08 tied him with Quincy Lewis for seventh all-time in Gopher season history • currently fourth all-time in Gopher history with 171 career steals • currently fifth all-time on Minnesota's assist list with 342 • currently tied for third all-time on Minnesota's assist average list among players with at least 40 career games played at 4.1 (342 assists in 84 games) • dished out 143 assists in 2008-09, seventh most in single-season Gopher history • dished out his 300th career assist against Morgan State (12/08/09 • grabbed his 200th career rebound against Butler (11/26/09) • scored his 400th career point against Miami (12/02/09) • collected his 100th career steal against Wisconsin (1/15/09) • dished out a career-high 11 assists against South Dakota State (12/10/08), to tie four former Gophers' for the seventh most assists in a game all-time.

2009-10 | Junior Season: Started, played 26 minutes and dished out seven assists in the season-opening victory over Tennessee Tech (11/13) • finished with seven assists and zero turnovers in 25 minutes against Stephen F. Austin (11/16) • collected a career-high six steals and scored 11 points in 29 minutes against Utah Valley (11/19) • scored nine points, dished out six assists and collected five steals against Miami (12/02) • finished with 10 points and four assists in 25 minutes against Brown (12/5) • scored 10 points and dished out six assists in 21 minutes against South Dakota State (12/23) • scored 11 points, dished out seven assists and collected three steals in 32 minutes against Ohio State (1/09) • missed the final 17 games of the season after being ruled academically ineligible.

2008-09 | Sophomore season: Started all three games and averaged 9.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 20.7 minutes played per game in the NABC Classic • scored a then career-high 17 points and dished out six assists against Concordia-St. Paul (11/14) • dished out nine assists and tied a career-high with five steals against Bowling Green (11/15) • named to the NABC Classic All-Tournament Team • logged a career-high 37 minutes and scored 16 points against Colorado State (11/22/08) • dished out seven assists in 26 minutes against Eastern Washington (11/26) • grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in 31 minutes against North Dakota State (11/29) • tied a career-high with five steals to go along with nine points and five assists against Virginia (12/2) • registered eight rebounds and eight points while dishing out a career-high 11 assists against South Dakota State (12/10) • scored a career-high 18 points, including 13 from the free-throw line, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in 36 minutes against Louisville (12/20) • dished out eight assists, scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 31 minutes against Southeastern Louisiana (12/23) • led the team with 14 points and seven assists while playing 33 minutes against Michigan State (12/31) • scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists at Iowa (1/8) • grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists against zero turnovers in 25 minutes against Penn State (1/11) • tied a career-high with five steals to go along with seven points in 17 minutes against Wisconsin (1/15) • led the team with 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and collected four steals in 24 minutes against Purdue (1/22) • scored six points, dished out four assists, grabbed three rebounds and collected two steals in 27 minutes against Illinois (1/29) • scored 10 points and dished out five assists in 35 minutes against Penn State (2/14) • had five assists against Michigan State in Big Ten Quarterfinals (3/13).

2007-08 | Freshman Season: Made his Golden Gopher debut against Army (11/10) • collected his first assist on a Lawrence Westbrook three pointer in the first half • finished the game with nine points, three steals and a game-high six assists in 22 minutes played • recorded five steals against Iowa State (11/20), the most in a game since Adam Boone recorded five against Wisconsin (Jan. 10, 2006) • started first career game against Florida State (11/27) • had career-highs in points (15) and steals (5) while hitting 5-of-7 shots against North Dakota State (12/3) • scored 11 points and dished out five assists against Colorado State (12/8) grabbed a career-high five rebounds and scored six points against Kennesaw State (12/29) • tied a career-high with 26 minutes played against UNLV (12/30) • averaged 4.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game during the Duel in the Desert (12/28-30) • played a career-high 27 minutes, scoring seven points while dishing out a career-high seven assists against Michigan State (1/5) • scored 10 points and dished out six assists vs. Northwestern (1/9) • tied a career-high with seven assists to go along with six points and three steals against Penn State (1/12) • dished out five assists and recorded two thefts vs. Indiana (1/17) • recorded two assists and a steal at Ohio State (1/26) • did not play vs. Michigan State (1/20) due to a right thigh bruise • pulled down a career-high nine boards and collected two steals vs. Wisconsin (2/3) • played a then career-high 30 minutes and scored 11 points while dishing out a career-high eight assists against Iowa (2/9) • scored eight points and dished out five assists in a career-high 30 minutes against Illinois (2/12) • played a career-high 33 minutes at Wisconsin (2/16), finishing with six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals • scored seven points and recorded a team-high four assists in win over Penn State (2/24) • dished out seven assists in 23 minutes off the bench against Illinois (3/8) • started his sixth game of the season against Maryland (3/18) and finished with three points, four steals and two assists.

High School: A graduate of Minneapolis Henry High School • averaged 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals his senior season • Minneapolis Conference Most Valuable Player • team MVP • all-state honorable mention • McDonald's All-American Honorable Mention • finalist for Minnesota Mr. Basketball award • averaged 16 points and eight assists as a junior • averaged 10.7 points and led his team to a 23-5 mark his sophomore season • third Henry player to join the Gophers in the past two years joining Brandon Smith and Lawrence McKenzie • teammate of Blake Hoffarber on the Minnesota Magic Elite AAU Team • Magic won the 2005 Kingwood Classic 16-and-under title.

Personal: Business Marketing Education major • full name is Albert Nolen II • son of Al Nolen Sr. and Rose Burch • born February 11, 1989 • has two older sisters and two younger sisters.


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