Fairfield basketball will make some shifts as it attempts to remain a contender in a loaded Northeast Corner Conference. A new coach and a revamped roster will be at the forefront, but Nolin Sharick will be back for his senior season.
Sharick became the stable second man last season for the Falcons, averaging 12.9 points and team highs in assists (3.3) and steals (1.9). Perhaps most importantly, he hit 55 percent of his shots, including 44 percent from three point range and 82 percent from the foul line. Sharick’s importance came in his consistency. Will he be able to maintain that same consistency with struck in a significantly more important role?
Sharick is a quality leader on and off the court by all accounts. He will need to lead a roster with just four other returners with significant experience. Things are about to be very different for Fairfield and having a steady constant like Sharick is a luxury in a potential rebuild. One of the best moves in his offensive repertoire is to drive to the basket and hang in the air mid lane after first contact for a high percentage look that avoids the reach of most posts.
“Every person I talked to mentioned Nolan’s character and integrity then added what a good player he was,” says new Fairfield coach Randy DeShone. “From my experience with Nolan in the short amount of time I have known him, they are correct. Nolan is a very talented basketball player with many skills and talents. Just as important, he is a good teammate and an outstanding leader by example.”