Nash Makes Decision

Tyrone Nash was one of the hottest names this past summer when he turned down an offer from Tubby Smith and the Kentucky Wildcats. Now, after spending a couple months at Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.), the New York native has settled on a school

When Tyrone Nash opted to go the prep school route this season, it wasn't because of a lack of interest from high-major schools. The 6-foot-6 ½ forward, who is spending the year at Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.), spurned Kentucky a few months ago and has decided that Notre Dame is the right place for him.

``He recognizes it's a program he can impact," Northfield Mount Hermon associate head coach John Carroll said. "It's a program that really lends to his style of play and a league he really wants to be in."

Nash, who played last season at Lawrence-Woodmere (N.Y.), started to pick up steam last summer when the likes of Stanford, Kentucky, Notre Dame and others stepped up their interest.

However, Nash decided that a year in the prep ranks would better prepare him when he gets to college.

``That's a sign of how special Ty is," Carroll said. "He realizes that he wasn't quite ready socially and athletically and he took a year. Now he'll be ready to make an impact. His body's changed since he got here and his skills have gotten tighter."

Carroll said that Kentucky and St. John's were also in the mix when Nash ultimately made his decision. Florida came to watch him last week and Stanford and Northwestern both expressed significant interest as well.

``He's one of my five favorite guys I watched in AAU last summer," Carroll said. "And he hasn't disappointed since he got here. He's an incredibly talented kid in all phases."

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