Much of Julian High Schools' No. 3 ranking in the city of Chicago and their 20-2 record is due to the play of sensational sophomore Nayal Koshwal. As the No. 30 ranked player in the class of 2007, Koshwal, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward, is averaging a double-double and has had an impressive list of schools come watch him play so early in his career.
"Illinois, DePaul, Marquette, Michigan and Michigan State have all been in to see him," said Julian head coach Loren Jackson. "Just about everyone else is calling or writing him. He is a big time prospect."
Averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists per game, Koshwal is defending all over the court and both scoring and setting up players from the low post. He is a skilled big man similar to 2006 prospect Derrick Caracter.
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"He's playing very well," said Jackson. "He is playing good defense both on the perimeter and in the post. He's doing a great job rebounding the ball. His footwork is very smooth, and he's a tremendous passer out of the post.
"He is also developing a left hand jump hook. With every game he is getting better and better."
With a large upside as a young big man, Coach Jackson pointed out the areas where Koshwal has room for improvement.
"He needs to become more fluid in the post. He's still a little mechanical. He needs to continue working on his perimeter game, but when it's all said and done, he'll be a big time offensive and defensive player."
In the summer, Koshwal runs with the Chicago Jaguars.