Numerous schools tracking Nichols

Schools are turning up the heat on forward Kipper Nichols during the month of July.

Three-star forward Kipper Nichols had a very strong week at the NY2LA Summer Jam. With King James missing a few starters, Nichols was asked to do more and the 6-foot-6 forward rose to the occasion.

“I think I have been playing pretty well,” noted Nichols. “I am just getting adjusted and getting back with the team. We have a lot of talent, and now we just need to finish strong.”

Recruiting wise numerous schools have been tracking and staying in close contact with Nichols during the month of July.

“Right now Xavier, Minnesota, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Northwestern, and a few other schools are talking to me the most,” said Nichols.

Northwestern hasn’t yet offered Nichols a scholarship, but they are interested and one of his closest friends, Dererk Pardon, is already committed to the Big Ten school.

“I love the academics and the conference,” said Nichols of Northwestern. “Dererk is one of my real good friends and is like a brother to me, so we are real close.”

Xavier has made Nichols a priority, and Nichols says he has built a strong relationship with the staff.

“I love the coaching staff,” said Nichols of the Musketeers. “Coach (Chris) Mack and Coach (Travis) Steele are great guys. I also like the campus and the Big East. I just have a good relationship with them.”

Also Minnesota has put in a lot of time with Nichols, and the Gophers are emerging as a strong option from him.

“They have a good coaching staff as well,” said Nichols. “I love the Big Ten and the whole place is second to none. I just like everything about that situation.”

At this point Nichols says he has no official visits set up, but he does plan to make some unofficial visits during the month of August.

Though no specific timeframe has been set for a commitment, Nichols does know what will be important to him when the time comes in picking a college.

“The coaching staff and the relationship I have with them will be very important, and also a place where I will be able to play,” said Nichols.

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