The National Prep School Tip-Off Showcase gets underway this weekend in Rhode Island and one of the top juniors in the field is Nayal Koshwal of Boys to Men Academy in Chicago. The bull forward was a standout last week at the NEAA NIT and he's hoping to follow that up with a good showing in the Northeast.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward played every bit like the No. 59 ranked player in the class of 2007 would play. He says his aggressive style of play in the paint is just par for the course.
"I'm going to go 100 percent," Koshwal said. "That's how I'm going to play."
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"I know that if I do really good, my team is going to do good," Koshwal said. "I've been trying to do more with my game. I've been working on shooting the three and trying to work on that and get that to the point where I'm multi-dimensional."
Koshwal said one of the reasons why he's extending his game to the perimeter is the addition of 6-foot-10 Craig Brackins to the team. Having another big body inside allows Koshwal to attack from the perimeter and also pull up for three.
"Having C.B. makes it so much easier. Now I'm not the only guy that has to do the rebounding," he said. "I've got a chance now to get some open looks."
His recruitment isn't moving at the same pace as his game, though. When asked who is recruiting him, Koshwal did not shed a lot of light.
"Man, I have no clue," he said. "I can't even think about that right now. I have lots of time on my side. I'll worry about it when the time gets closer."
Schools are taking notice of the big man, though. Illinois had a coach on hand to see him last week at the NEAA NIT. DePaul is looking at him, too. So are Kansas, Marquette, Wake Forest and the Michigan schools.
Boys to Men will take to the floor against Our Savior New American on Sat., Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. and on Sun., Nov. 20 against South Kent (Conn.) at 12:50 p.m. EST.