Keaton Nankivil on Shelf

Keaton Nankivil was already a strong kid, but now that he's been able to do nothing except for hit the weight room, it's a safe bet he's going to be a tough inside matchup when he returns to the court. However, don't expect to see the Wisconsin big man this July.

It was a little more than a year ago that Keaton Nankivil made a name for himself. However, don't expect to hear his name much this summer.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Memorial High (Wis.) rising junior will likely sit out all of July after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot back in December.

``I don't really know how it happened and we're still trying to figure out a timetable," said a frustrated Nankivil. "I'm just leaving it up to the doctors."

The 16-year-old Nankivil attemped to come back from the injury at the end of his sophomore season, but he couldn't do much. In 13 games overall, he averaged a modest 6.5 points per game.

``I really don't even know what I do well because I haven't played in a while," Nankivil said. "Probably defense. I try to keep my man from scoring."

Nankivil is a big-bodied banger who plays a physical style and loves to rebound and mix it up in the paint. He still needs to work on his quickness and being able to step out and make shots.

``He's ferocious," Fox Valley Skillz coach Ritchie Davis said. "He's raw power, he's long, he's got huge hands. If the ball comes in, he's going to catch it. He's very athletic and will dunk right over the top of guys. He's also a 3.7 student and his intelligence translates onto the court, because he understands concepts well."

Despite his absence on the court of late, Nankivil still holds offers from Wisconsin, Marquette and Iowa. Davis said that Washington State, Wake Forest and Illinois are also making certain to keep tabs on Nankivil.

``I want to go somewhere with a good coaching staff – and somewhere I can win," he said.

For now, Nankivil will continue to lift weights and shoot free throws. He has an appointment next week with his doctors, according to Davis, but the odds are slim that he'll take the court again prior to his junior season at Memorial.

``I doubt I'll play in July," he said.

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