The state of Illinois is loaded with quality guards in the class of 2015. One that has really emerged this season is Bolingbrook High School’s Prentiss Nixon. The jet quick Nixon has had an excellent year, and his stock continues to rise.
According to Nixon’s AAU coach Mike Mullins, he has had an excellent sophomore season, and improvements are coming quick.
“He has been the leading scorer on a pretty talented Bolingbrook team as a sophomore,” said Mullins of Nixon. “I think he has worked really hard on his game and he has a great motor. He has always been able to really shoot the ball, and his range extends beyond the three point line. He has great speed and quickness, and has shown a lot of people that he can finish in traffic at the rim.”
Mullins continued, “He has moved his way up in the pecking order, and there is no doubt that you can use someone with his skill set at the high-major level.”
Most recently Nixon visited Michigan, but he has been to other schools recently as well.
“He’s been invited down to Louisville, Indiana, and Michigan for games, and I think he has shown well during the high school season and picked up where he left off from our season,” said Mullins.
When it comes to his recruitment overall, one school has offered and several others are keeping tabs on Nixon.
“The Big Ten schools, the ones he visited, and Iowa have been on him the hardest,” said Mullins. “Colorado State was his first offer. Coach (John) Beilein doesn’t offer until June following a prospect’s sophomore year, so he will have to wait for that.”
For now Nixon continues to focus on getting better, and Mullins says while major strides have already been made in his game, they will continue to work with him following the high school year.
“I think we’re big on skill development, and that’s the thing with Prentiss outside of physical strength, we’d like him to change speeds more,” Mullins explained. “We want to work on his point guard skills and decision making with the ball. He is attacking the basket now, but it is his stroke and ability to make shots that is exciting to most of the coaches seeing him. I think his biggest thing will be handling, decision making, and changing speeds.”
At the moment things are just beginning to pick up, but Nixon is one who will be under the microscope for a lot of coaches over the course of the next few months.