Friday, April 19, 2019

Pangos Easter Classic: Daishen Nix not backing down

Daishen Nix   saw his stock go through the roof and he's not backing down now.
Playing at the Pangos Easter Classic with Simply Fundamental Basketball Academy, the 6-foot-4 floor general showed why his stock soared during the winter. He has tremendous size, gets to the rim at will and is as good a passer as there is in high school basketball.
It took a little longer than some of his 2020 classmates for Nix to get national attention but he knew it would happen eventually.
"I think it was just a matter of people seeing what I can do," Nix told "I just wanted to show everybody that I can play and I think I did that."
Nix had the opportunity to compete with USA Basketball in Minneapolis a few weeks ago and it was a good measuring stick.

"It was pretty good and it was something different," said Nix. "I had never tried it before, never been there before and I had just always heard about it. I liked it because they could catch my passes, they are more skilled and they are more athletic so it was cool to play with that level of talent."
After his strong junior season, Nix now carries offers from programs like ArizonaArizona StateIllinoisKansasLSUMarylandMemphisTCUWashingtonWest Virginia and many others and Texas Tech has recently jumped in. 
He's got a good idea of what they like along with his passing and knows what he needs to work on.
"I can finish anywhere, on big people on little people it doesn't really matter," said Nix. "I'm trying to get my strength up so that I can be bigger than everybody else. My defense and my shooting, I need to work on that more."
While Nix has attention coming in from all across the country he's not yet taken any visits and hasn't formalized a list of schools. He did say that he'd like to look into setting up some visits during the summer and that he'll look to cut down his list and start moving towards a decision after the travel ball season finishes.
"Probably after AAU or after this summer I'll cut down my list," said Nix. "It's important to me that a program prioritizes school first over basketball. I like to play in pick and roll and somewhere that they give the guards a lot of freedom."

Friday, April 5, 2019

Minnesota lands Texas big man Sammie Freeman

Sammie Freeman
Minnesota added a second piece to their 2019 recruiting class on Thursday when big man 
A 6-foot-8 center from Justin (Texas) Northwest, Freeman caught the attention of Richard Pitino and his staff last summer. That early interest plus a great official visit over the weekend were enough for the three-star post to pull the trigger on a commitment.
"Well the fact that it is Big 10 is good enough as it is," Freeman told "But really because it feels like family over there they’ve had me on the radar since last summer so I feel like they really care about me."
Relatively unknown on the national scene, Freeman caught the eye of both Minnesota and because of his length, quickness around the rim, budding offense and a body that will carry more bulk without costing him athleticism.
He really runs the floor, can play above the rim and ultimately projects as. plus rebounder. Being an energy guy is a role that he embraces.
"I feel like I could take up some of the weight from when Jordan Murphy was there, so like rebounds rim running and finishing," said Freeman about what he'll bring to the table once he arrives in Minneapolis.
Freeman is the second member of Minnesota's recruiting class and their second Texan. Rivals150 guard 
 is finishing high school in Utah but hails from the Lone Star State.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Dishing on Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, more...

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A few more pressing questions to get to in this week’s Wednesday’s Leftovers. We address the recruiting developments at Georgia, how Indiana can fill out its roster, my prediction for 
, a dark horse for the Final Four and the pros and cons of Kentucky’s pitch.
Yes, yes and yes. Tom Crean has never had major issues on the recruiting trail. Yes, he does love his often-slighted prospects that he can help mold and develop, such as Dwyane Wade and 
. But don’t forget his recruiting wins with   and now  .
Over the weekend, the Bulldogs secured the commitment of 
, and that counts as another win for the program on the recruiting trail. The Bulldogs have done a phenomenal job of selling the program to some of the best in the area, and they now sit with a top 10 class nationally. Crean has revitalized the program by infusing his own energy into it and also put together a very strong staff with quality ties to the Southeast. I don’t expect Georgia to consistently compete for top 5 classes nationally like its football counterpart, but I would also not be surprised to see the Bulldogs in the top 25 of the Rivals’ team rankings each year during his tenure.


The miss on 
 left a slight sting at Indiana as he was the ideal wing that would have squelched a number of their concerns next season as a scorer with added size. Now that Brooks is a Kentucky pledge, IU has to regroup and figure out the best route in completing its roster. 

The Hoosiers did just make the final six for Rivals150 center 
, but the prevailing thought is that he is a UMass lean. They are in the final list for  , too, but Alabama and Memphis are much further ahead in the race for the five-star. 

This brings us to 
, who took an unofficial visit to Bloomington last month, and while BaylorGeorgiaMiami and Xavier are among those in a good spot for him, I do believe Indiana can get it done.


Matthew Hurt
Kansas. Maybe I am totally off - or I am just stubborn, as I have stuck with my prediction for Hurt since he was a sophomore - but I do believe that, barring anything unforeseen, he ends up in Lawrence. Now, the confidence meter is not too high, but it should be noted that all of the programs recruiting him also don’t have a tremendous feel for which way he might be leaning. Duke gained some steam a few weeks ago, but I am not buying it just yet. Kentucky and UNCare just as involved, but without a timeline, Hurt committing to any of the four would not be a giant surprise, though I am going to stick with the Jayhawks.


From a talent standpoint alone, I have to go with Iowa State. It comes down to which Cyclones team we will see. Will it be the one that ran through the Big 12 Tournament last week, or the one that was demolished just days earlier to a middling West Virginia squad? 
If we get the former, there is no reason that they cannot go on a deep run. The talent is not lacking and neither is the ceiling of this ISU team. The Cyclones have experience and age with 
 and  , star-studded freshmen in   and   and a capable takeover artist in  . If all of the pieces coalesce and the ball doesn’t stick, the Cyclones could make a run, although having Kentucky in their way in the Sweet 16 game does hurt their chances some.


It is a case-by-case situation. The sell at Kentucky: the platform, elite accoutrements, competing against the best every day in practice and the chance to be appointment television each and every game. The argument for other programs: more minutes, a larger opportunity to contribute, the chance to play more often through mistakes and the chance to have a bigger part of the spotlight.
Take, for example, 
. The Michigan star was stuck behind   and   at Kentucky as he averaged just 10 minutes per game. Matthews decided to transfer and is now the catalyst for Michigan’s chances at a Final Four run this month, and he should be selected somewhere in June’s NBA Draft. Matthews figured that it was in his best interests to receive greater playing time and a chance to be ‘the guy’ elsewhere. Meanwhile,   played just 39 minutes his freshman year before averaging over 20 per game his senior year, and he won two SEC titles during his upperclassman years. It worked out for both Matthews and Willis and my bet is that it will work out for  , too.