The recruiting process for Andrew Nembhard has sped up significantly. One of the top playmakers in high school basketball, Nembhard made noise earlier this month by reclassifying into the 2018 class and, as a result, some of the top schools in college basketball have come calling.
Five programs have begun to stand out for the five-star prospect.
“Probably, Florida, Stanford, Gonzaga, and UConn, the most, but Ohio State is coming in, too,” he said.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
The UPlay Canada product spoke further on each program in contention.
Gonzaga: “I like their style of play with two point guards. They really seem like they develop their players over time. They win, which is what I want to do. They get to the tournament every year.
“Coach Kevin Pangos doesn’t live too far from my house and I think I have some similarities to him and I think I would fit in well with them.”
Stanford: “It is just the great relationships that I have with the coaches. They really seem like genuine guys. Obviously, the academics there is great and I feel like I could come in and be a big piece from day one.”
Florida: “Their style of play definitely stands out. Their point guards they have been producing like Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza, they play fast, like I want to play like, and play full court defense, which is what I want. They give their guards a lot of freedom.”
UConn: “I love coach (Kevin) Ollie and Coach DK (Dwayne Killings). Coach Ollie’s biggest point to me is that he is a point guard and I am a point guard. We can develop together and learn from each other and get me better, too.”
Ohio State: “They just came in recently. I went on an unofficial visit there before the coaching change. I really like the campus and everything. I just feel like I could fit in and run the point guard spot for them.”
No timetable is set for Nembhard's college decision, though he does have an idea of how things will play out.
“I haven’t set any officials yet but I am thinking about setting some in the fall,” he said. “Whenever I feel right, I will make my commitment, but hopefully sooner rather than later.”
As the 2018 point guard options dwindle, look for more programs to enter the picture for Nembhard.
Gonzaga, Stanford and Florida are the schools that appear to have separated themselves from the pack, but UConn and Ohio State have started to gain some traction.