Zionsville — There was one final twist in Maddie Nolan's roller coaster senior year.
The Zionsville standout had signed with Miami (Ohio) in the fall, but after a coaching change in mid-April, decided to ask for her release and reopen her recruitment.
She announced Sunday afternoon on Twitter that she is now heading to the University of Michigan to play for the Big Ten's Wolverines.
"After they had the coaching change at Miami and coach (Megan) Duffy left, I talked with my parents and my coaches (Zionsville coaches Andy Maguire and Keith Hollins and AAU coach Tony Marlin) and decided to reassess things," Nolan said. "I kept Miami in the loop, but I wanted to see what was out there. I had a great visit at Michigan and it just fit."
Nolan took visits to Miami to meet with the new coaching staff, to Michigan and to Marquette (where Duffy is now the head coach) last week.
Michigan had recruited her some before she committed to Miami originally, and she said everything went great on her visit
"I really loved the campus, and I got to meet with a lot of the current girls on the team and they were so awesome and welcoming," Nolan said. "It is a great academic school, and there are going to be amazing opportunities after I graduate with them helping with job placement and connections. I always dreamed of playing in a "Power-5" school, and this is an opportunity for me to so."
Nolan will join a couple of former rivals who just finished their freshmen years at Michigan in Carmel's Amy Dilk and Noblesville's Emily Kiser.
Nolan said she is excited to play with both of those players.
"I may be the most excited that I don't have to play against them anymore because they are both great players," Nolan said. "They were great on my visit and so supportive with everything. Even after I left my visit they were texting me and saying even if I didn't go to Michigan, they were excited for me and hope everything works out. They are both awesome."
Nolan averaged 13.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists this year, being limited to five games while recovering from micro-fracture surgery.
She said she appreciated Miami's and Duffy's belief in her throughout the entire rehab process, and said the call to Duffy saying she wouldn't be going to Marquette was tough.
"The new coach at Miami (DeUnna Hendrix) was great and I think she will do great things at Miami, I just didn't have the same relationship with her and the staff," Nolan said. "But calling coach Duffy at Marquette was really hard for me. We had a really close relationship and she has been really supportive of me as I have been working to get back. So that wasn't a really fun conversation, but I am really excited to be at Michigan."
This is a busy team for all seniors in high school, with AP tests and finals and then graduation.
While it wasn't the ideal time to have to make recruiting visits, Nolan said she is happy that she was able to make a decision before the year ended.
"My parents were so awesome during this process, taking time off work to take me to these campuses and go on visits," Nolan said. "All my coaches were awesome too and I am really grateful for all their guidance. I really appreciate the college coaches taking time to meet with me too, because I know they have to be recruiting for the next classes behind me. It all worked out in the end, but it was a little crazy."
Nolan will be back in action one last time in her prep career the first week of June with the Indiana All-Stars.