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.
Thomas Named VP at Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx have announced the hiring of John Thomas to the newly-created position of Vice President of Community Engagement.
Gophers, Friars To Battle In Gavitt Tipoff Games
Minnesota will take part in the Gavitt Tipoff Games for the second straight year, as the matchups between the Big Ten and BIG EAST Conferences were announced.
Fitzgerald Granted a Sixth-Year of Eligibility
University of Minnesota forward Davonte Fitzgerald was granted a sixth-year of eligibility today from the NCAA.