Zach Norvell stands out immediately for a couple reasons. He’s very quick and fast in the open floor, and thus able to create opportunities for himself on a frequent basis, and he’s also a dangerous three-point shooter.
A southpaw, Norvell fires up long threes with a quick release and doesn’t have to have his feet set to knock them down. Granted, he’d likely improve on his accuracy if he did square up more consistently — he shot 25 percent on threes with he Mac Irvin Fire on the EYBL circuit, though his stroke suggests he’ll raise that mark in college — but the potential exists for him to become a top-notch collegiate scorer.
Additionally, at 6-4 he possesses good size for the wing and should develop into a fine defender.
Norvell averaged 15 points per game to finish second in scoring for the Fire, and he also led the team in both rebounding and steals. He helped guide that undersized squad to the EYBL’s ultimate tournament a couple weeks ago.
”The summer has been great, my team and I have had a great run,” Norvell said. “It was big-time for us to make the Peach Jam, and next week we go to Vegas.”
His recruitment has operated within the high-major realm for a long time, as he’s currently our No. 72 player in the 2016 class. Nevertheless, some programs still are attempting to get involved as the late summer draws near.
”It’s picking up a lot more since July started,” Norvell said. “I got new offers from Wake Forest and Florida State, and Georgetown and Gonzaga are interested. I already had offers from Illinois, Bradley, Loyola (Ill.), Memphis, Oklahoma, DePaul and Purdue.”
Examining that list of schools, the geography and styles are very disparate. Norvell’s options include faster and slower tempos, programs closer to home and others more far flung. But the confident guard is focused on fit, not advanced metrics.
”Style of play really doesn’t matter, I feel like I can play in any style and adjust,” he said. “I just want to go somewhere that I can grow as a man and as a basketball player, just somewhere me and my family feel comfortable.”
The next step is to wrap up his July travels and then set his sites on official visits. He already knows one of his destinations, and it’s not too far from home.
”I might take a couple visits in August before school gets started,” he said. “As of now I know I’m going to take a visit to Illinois.”
We’ll continue to track Norvell’s recruitment closely as he advances through the process.