Ward showing major improvement

Class of 2016 center Nick Ward is someone that has really improved his stock this spring on the AAU circuit.

It has been a big spring for 2016 center Nick Ward. The Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln standout has been on the AAU circuit with All-Ohio Red, and now is emerging as a high level prospect in the class of 2016.

At around 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, Ward is really beginning to come into his own as a player. He has dropped weight, improved around the basket, and has tremendous hands.

"I have been working on my outside game and being able to score from the high post as well as on the wing," said Ward. "Also I have been focused on my rebounding and my athleticism."

Recruiting wise several schools are in the mix for Ward who had a fairly busy phone once coaches were able to call on June 15.

"I am hearing from Missouri, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Xavier, Ohio State, West Virginia and a few others," noted Ward.

Following the Nike Elite 100 Ward was set to visit Missouri, and says he has a high interest in the program.

"I didn't really see them play during the season, but I like how they run their program and how they are an athletic team," noted Ward.

The first major offer for Ward came from Michigan State, and he was happy to get that from the Spartans.

"I was very excited and thankful," said Ward of the offer. "They are a great program, and it was great to get that offer from them."

Living just minutes from Ohio State's campus, Ward is very familiar with the Buckeye program and says he has a high interest in the school.

"They want to see me a play a little bit more," explained Ward of Ohio State. "I was supposed to go to their team camp, but I came here instead. I might go there this week for a visit."

Also Xavier has been active recruiting Ward, and they are staying a factor in his recruitment.

"I like Xavier, their coaches watched me during the spring and they seem like a good program who uses their big guys a lot," noted Ward.

For now Ward remains open in the process and wants to take some visits and gain all the information he can before issuing a commitment.

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