Ward garnering major interest
Class of 2016 center Nick Ward has been the subject of numerous recent scholarship offers. The Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln standout has made huge strides since the start of his sophomore season, and really took his game to the next level this summer with All-Ohio Red. “I think I played very well and the whole summer was very eye opening and I think I improved a lot,” said Ward of his summer. He continued, “I have been working on my athleticism, my jump shot, and my footwork around the basket.” Michigan State was the first high-major school to offer Ward. Since then Xavier, Miami, Missouri, and a host of others have followed. About the recent attention, Ward said, “I really like it, it has been a great experience to have all of these coaches show high interest in me and give me offers.” One school that hasn’t yet offered, but that is showing significant interest is Ohio State. Said Ward of the Buckeyes, “They have been asking me how everything has been going and touching base and telling me they want to recruit me hard, so that is good.” Ward soon wants to visit Michigan State again, and says he likes the Spartans program quite a bit. “I love everything about Michigan State,” said Ward. “It is a great school, a great coaching staff, and a great atmosphere.” While the Spartans offered before the July open period, several other schools jumped in recently. About the offer from Xavier, Ward said, “They are telling me they can develop me to be a great big man and they think I would fit in really well with their program.” After the Nike Elite 100 Camp, Ward and his father made the trip to Missouri, and he came away impressed, and since then the Tigers decided to offer. “I was very grateful for that offer,” said Ward. “It is a prestigious school and it is in the SEC. I liked the campus when I visited there and they have great facilities.” In terms of the recent Miami offer, Ward said, “They have a great program and are in the ACC. It is a great conference and a good basketball school.” For now Ward is in no hurry to make a college decision, and says he wants to get as much information as he can.
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