Coaches tracking Ward
Four-star class of 2016 center Nick Ward has continued his rapid improvement during his junior season. The Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln standout is in better shape and more athletic than ever, and college coaches are continuing to track his progress closely. “We are undefeated so it has been excellent,” said Ward of his junior year. “I like the way we are playing, and I know we can go all the way to the state championship game.” At around 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, Ward has surprisingly nimble feet on the low block and good hands, and now he is working to improve his all-around game. “My game is coming along well,” said Ward. “I have been working on my jump shot and my mid-range game for the next level, but I think everything is falling into place.” Recruiting wise Ward has been the target of numerous coaches, and he still has a long list of schools. “I have been talking to Michigan State, Purdue, a little bit from Louisville, Kansas State, Xavier, Cincinnati, Iowa, and Ohio State as well,” said Ward. Recently Ward made an unofficial visit to Ohio State for a game, and while the Buckeyes still haven’t offered, the communication remains solid. “The unofficial was very good,” said Ward of Ohio State. “It was a good game and I like the program a lot.” The first big offer for Ward was Michigan State, and Spartan boss Tom Izzo made the trip to see Ward in person this weekend. “He is a great guy and a great person,” said Ward of Izzo. “We can talk all day. Coach Izzo is a great coach and is going to be in the Hall of Fame one day, so it is great to talk to him.” Also viewing Ward was Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack. The Musketeers have also offered and are making Ward a priority in the class. “I can talk with Coach Mack all the time as well,” said Ward. “He is a great coach and he runs a great program at Xavier.” For now there is no specific timeframe for Ward to make a decision, but he does have a good idea of what he is looking for in a school. “I am looking for a place where I can play right away, and also a school that can help prepare me for the NBA,” said Ward. Currently Ward is viewed as the No. 23 center in the class and the No. 98 player overall.
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