One of the nation’s most versatile guards in the 2017 class comes from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Hamilton Heights in 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
The Canada native is Scout’s 76th ranked prospect in 2017 due to his size and versatility; he scores well enough to play off the ball but has the vision and handle to play at least some point guard as well.
Alexander-Walker recently narrowed his school list to Baylor, Cincinnati, Maryland, USC and Virginia Tech and this weekend he was able to take in his first official visit, checking out the Trojans’ program.
“It was nothing short of amazing,” Alexander-Walker said. “The coaching staff was really nice. I got to meet everyone and I had a good relationship with coach (Jason) Hart prior to that.
“I got a good tour of the school and that was spectacular also. The student body was really nice. The facilities can definitely help me get to the next level and where I want to be with my game.”
While the trip to USC definitely helped the Trojans’ cause, Alexander-Walker still plans to see the other schools on his list.
“I want to (take all five visits),” he said. “I feel it’s fairer that way. USC is going to have the upper hand since it had the first visit but pretty much all five are equal.”
The four-star prospect broke down what he likes about the other four schools on his list.
Baylor: “They play in a power five conference. Scott Drew does a good job of utilizing his guards. From what I’ve seen, their campus is great and academically I feel like their degree carries weight into the business world. If basketball doesn’t work I want a fallback plan and Baylor definitely provides that with its academics and athletics.”
Cincinnati – “Coach (Larry) Davis has really shown me how important I am to their program over the past year. He’s been out here a lot and I’ve grown close to him; he’s a good guy. They have a good program and team and play a tough schedule. They have a system that I feel I fit very well into. I think I could come in as a freshman and make a big impact there.”
Maryland: “They have always been a school I loved. I grew up watching them and they were kind of like a dream school. I feel like I would fit very well into their system. I could bring a lot of versatility in their program since I can play multiple positions and the way they use their guards.”
Virginia Tech: “I have a really close relationship with their assistant, Jamie McNeilly. He’s practically like family and going there, I know he would have my back. Coach Buzz (Williams) is going to push you every day and make sure you’re getting better. He’ll give you 100% and you have no choice but to get better with him, especially if you take it seriously.”
Over the coming months, Alexander-Walker will get a better feel for the other programs in contention.
“I just want to get all of my visits done and then I’ll make a decision,” he said. “I’ll take them whenever I can get to them. I’d like to get them in before the summer.”