Three schools emerging for Nembhard
It wasn't exactly the type of start to the travel season that Keller (Texas) point guard R.J. Nembhard wanted in terms or wins and losses, but the four-star prospect opened some eyes with his play in the Nike EYBL with Team Texas.
Offers rolled in from Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and Creighton with others such as Baylor, California and Texas A&M closely monitoring his progress.
Three schools have started to emerge in his recruitment.
"Texas, Oklahoma and California are standing out," Nembhard told Rivals.com.
The 33rd-ranked prospect in the class of 2017 took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma earlier this week.
"First, we talked to Coach (Lon) Kruger and then we met with people from the academic department," he said. "We had lunch, toured the campus and then watched them practice. It was a great visit. It's a nice campus."
Not long before the Oklahoma visit, he visited a Big 12 rival of the Sooners, the in-state Texas Longhorns.
"It was pretty much the same thing at Texas, but the big thing at Texas was how much Coach (Shaka) Smart emphasized character," he said. "He just said there are other things that are bigger than basketball and the ball is going to stop bouncing at some point. He said he thinks I'm a team player and that's what he likes about me."
It's not just California's recent recruiting success that has Nembhard interested.
"That's where I'm from," he said. "I've never been there for a visit, but hopefully I can get over there when I go to California this summer. Coach (Cuonzo) Martin is bringing in big-time players and I'll be interested to see how they do with Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown."
TCU is another local school hoping that Nembhard decides to stay close to home for college.
"It's not that big of a campus, but it's a pretty nice campus," he said. "It's pretty close to home. I think they could make a move soon. They have been bringing in better talent and they have a new arena that will be done by the time I would get there. (TCU assistant) coach Kwanza Johnson is recruiting me there and he's a really cool, down to earth guy."
Don't expect an early decision from Nembhard.
"It will definitely be my senior year. I'm not exactly sure when," he said.
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