Demetris Nichols, a versatile 6-7, 190 pound small forward from the St. Andrew's School in Barrington, R.I., said he has an early leader in his recruiting process.
Nichols, who scored 14 points on Sunday afternoon in the Saints' loss to Lawrence Academy at the NEPSAC Class B Final, said he is currently leaning toward Syracuse.
In fact, Nichols unofficially visited Syracuse last weekend for the Georgetown/SU game at the Carrier Dome. He said that Syracuse and Villanova are his top two, with Seton Hall and Providence still in the mix.
Nichols said he is firm on the four schools and is not likely to add any new schools to his list. In fact, St. Andrew's Head Coach Mike Hart said that Nichols could have a decision by April.
"They're long, they play zone and they are all skinny and tall like me," Nichols said of his attraction to Syracuse. "I think that would be a good fit for me."
"I think I could be like Preston Shumpert," Nichols continued. "He's a 6-7 small forward and used to be skinny as a freshman, and has gotten bigger now as a senior."
In addition to touring Syracuse, the Boston native has also been to Providence unofficially. He plans on taking unofficial trips to both Seton Hall and Villanova in the next few weeks when his high school goes on spring holiday.
Nichols averaged roughly 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and four blocks this season. He said he has a 3.5 GPA, but needs to boost his SAT score to bring it in line with current NCAA initial eligibility standards.
Nichols plans on attending the adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, N.J. this summer. He got his start with the Rhode Island Breakers program a few years back, and last year toured with Jimmy Salmon's New Jersey based juggernaut, the T5T Playaz.
IR will keep you posted on Nichols' play throughout the coming weeks, so stay tuned.