Nelson-Henry Drawing Interest

Darian Nelson-Henry, a promising post out of the Pacific Northwest, has picked up a few offers from some West Coast programs...

Darian Nelson-Henry, 6-10 JR C Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington, is a true center with good feet and hands, a big body and a nice upside. He's among the top centers in the West Coast class of 2012.

I spoke with Nelson-Henry recently and asked about the schools that have been recruiting him so far.

"I just started hearing from Penn lately," said Nelson-Henry. "The schools that were out to see me at open gym were Washington State, Cal, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, Boise State and Nevada. I'm still talking to Stanford and I was talking a lot with Utah before the staff was fired."

I asked Nelson-Henry about the schools that have offered a scholarship.

"Penn has basically offered, but they have to wait for my SAT scores," said Nelson-Henry. "Gonzaga and Boise State have offered. Santa Clara has pretty much offered as well."

Nelson-Henry talked a little about the issues he will consider when picking a school.

"I really want to get a good education because I can't play basketball forever," said Nelson-Henry. "So a good degree from a top school is important. I like the weather in California, but don't really like the weather back east too much with the humidity. I would like to play early if possible, but I'd understand if there was a senior or someone better than me that the coach felt comfortable with. But I'm hoping to play my freshman year."

Nelson-Henry has already visited a few schools unofficially.

"I went to Cal and Santa Clara last summer," said Nelson-Henry. "I've also been to Gonzaga and Washington State a lot. I'm hoping to maybe visit Stanford soon."

Nelson-Henry has an idea as to when he'd like to make his choice.

"I'd like to decide by September of my senior year," said Nelson-Henry. "I want to see which offers are on the table at the end of July, then I will cut down my list to five. If there are any schools that I haven't yet visited, I would take an official visit in September and then make my decision."

Nelson-Henry said he has a 3.2 GPA.


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