UC Bearcats Men’s Basketball adds former Memphis, Virginia Tech star in Landers Nolley II

Landers Nolley II (courtesy Memphis Athletics)

April 28, 2022

CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach Wes Miller has welcomed the Bearcats’ third transfer of the spring in Landers Nolley II.
Nolley will have two years’ eligibility after spending his last two seasons at Memphis, where he averaged 11.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game over his two years as a Tiger. He originally attended Virginia Tech, where he redshirted in 2018-19 before becoming the nation’s 12th-highest scoring freshman (15.5 ppg) for 2019-20.
The Fairburn, Ga., native missed four January games last year due to injury, playing through it the rest of the way. He scored 22 points against Wichita State to go with a team-high 20 points on 4-of-7 deep shooting in a road win at No. 6 Houston.
As a junior (2020-21), Nolley led the Tigers in scoring (13.1), minutes (27.5), 3-point shooting (38.7, 65-168) and free-throw shooting (80.3, 49-61). Two of his six 20-point scoring games came in Memphis’ NIT title run, including 27 on a career-high seven treys against Colorado State in the semifinals, to earn NIT Most Outstanding Player honors.
Nolley’s Virginia Tech career was stellar on and off the court, earning 2019-20 ACC All-Academic accolades as well. He was named to the Maui Invitational’s All-Tournament team after averaging 19.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, shooting 10-of-16 from deep and 11-of-11 at the foul line. His 30-point outing at Clemson was the highest by any Hokie and fourth in AAC history for freshman debuts. His 15.5 ppg in 2019-20 made him Virginia Tech’s first freshman leading-scorer of its ACC era (2004-05), earning postseason All-ACC Freshman honors as well.
Nolley attended Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn, Ga., where he claimed the school’s scoring record in just two years. He led the team to two state titles, in addition to one as a sophomore at Curie HS in Chicago. 
2022-23 NEWCOMERS
Josh Reed (G, 6-7, 210, Atlanta, Ga. / Pace Academy)
Daniel Skillings (G, 6-6, 190, Blackwood, N.J. / Roman Catholic HS)
Sage Tolentino (C, 7-1, 220, Kāne’ohe, Hawaii / Hamilton HS)
Kalu Ezikpe (F, 6-8, 240, Lawrenceville, Ga. / Old Dominion Grad Transfer, 1 year remaining)
Rob Phinisee (G, 6-1, 187, Lafayette, Ind. / Indiana Grad Transfer, 1 year remaining)Landers Nolley II (G, 6-7, 208, Fairburn, Ga. / Virginia Tech Grad Transfer, 2 years remaining)

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