One of the hottest prospects over the summer, Nayal Koshwal has narrowed his school list down to three schools. Despite enjoying his recent trip to Tennessee, the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward from Boys to Men Academy in Chicago, Ill., has his hometown school firmly at the top of his list.
"Mac liked his trip to Tennessee, but DePaul is still leading," said Boys to Men head coach and Koshwal's legal guardian Loren Jackson.
With only Louisville and Tennessee left on his list behind DePaul, Koshwal has cancelled his LSU trip scheduled for this weekend.
"Mac just didn't want to go that far away from home," said Jackson. "Now we just want to exhale and sit down and evaluate what these three schools have to offer in regards to academics, basketball and socially."
Comparing the schools might just be a formality, however. DePaul, whom Koshwal will unofficially visit in the near future, has extremely strong ties to Koshwal.
"First of all, Thijin Moses is at DePaul," said Jackson, who is also the legal guardian of Moses. "Thijin is a good friend of Mac as well as being part of the family. Mac also loves Chicago.
"At DePaul he has a chance to play right away as an impact frontcourt player. He loves Jerry Wainwright. Coach Wainwright is a great guy and a great basketball mind. And Coach DeCesare has done an unbelievable job recruiting Mac. They offered him during his junior year and then didn't miss one game during the summer evaluation period."
As big a get as Koshwal, the No. 26 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, would be for DePaul, Coach Jackson spoke as if Koshwal could attract a banner recruiting class around him for DePaul.
"Mac could draw some players," said Jackson. "DePaul is in good with Derrick Rose, and Darquavis Tucker might come along too. There could also be a big surprise. And I mean a 'big' surprise."
The big surprise that Coach Jackson is referring to is former 2005 Louisville commitment and Chicago native Clarence Holloway, who is now attending Boys to Men Academy.
"Coach Pitino was just in here, and he couldn't believe what he saw," said Jackson. "Clarence is down to 265-pounds, and he is running. So far Louisville and DePaul are the two schools on him."
Nayal Koshwal scouting report:
With a body ready for high-major competition, Koshwal knows how to establish position down low and can score turning to either shoulder. He is also an aggressive rebounder and picks up points on the offensive glass. Not just effective around the basket, Koshwal has a developing face up game. He can shoot it to beyond the arc and can also handle in the open court.