Paideia Pair Picks Up Div. I Interest

While spending some time in Atlanta, stopped by Paideia High School to check in on a pair of 2011 prospects.

ATLANTA -- JoJo Cadray is quietly building a solid high school basketball program in a city that is becoming known for delivering college basketball prospects.

During's visit to Atlanta (Ga.) Paideia we ran into a pair of prospects that will eventually be Divison I athletes -- Nigel Snipes, a 6-foot-4 guard, and E. Victor Nickerson, a 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7 forward.

The two went through an hour workout that consisted of a handful of drills that had Snipes and Nickerson working on their wing skills and their ability to shoot off the dribble.

Snipes, who apparently was a post player just over a year ago, has been working on his guard skills. He's now a talented two-guard that has great form on his jump shot and is an above average athlete.

"I feel like the best aspect of my game is my ability to shoot," Snips said. "When I get real hot I'm almost unstoppable when I pull up and shoot."

He's already heard from a handful of schools including Georgia State, VCU, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Auburn, LSU, Xavier, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

"Recruiting is going well," Snipes said. "A lot of people have come by so far."

Snipes has taken a trio of unofficial visits. He's been to Florida, Auburn and Georgia State. He also said he's planning to take a trip back to Florida in the next month.

Nickerson, on the other hand, is a versatile forward that is in the process of becoming of a wing. Although he played in the post at the Pangos All-South Underclassmen Camp, in the workouts at Padeia he showed an ability to handle the ball and attack from the wing.

"I got good passing and they tell me to shoot more," Nickerson, who grew 2 and 1/2 inches this past year, said. "I can shoot, dribble, pass and play defense. I basically have an all around game."

Nickerson claimed interest from Georgia State, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina Florida and VCU. Of the school involved, he's taken unofficial visits to Georgia State, Virginia Tech and VCU.

"They were pretty good," he said of the visits. "VCU, I liked it more because it was in the city and they had some good food out there too. With Georgia State, I'm used to it because I live right up the street from it."

While Snipes and Nickerson are the most promising prospects at Paideia, they also have 2011 prospect Sidki Muwallif, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound big man, who has already received some college interest and sophomore point guard Kharon Butcher.

Georgia State assistant coach Scepter Brownlee and Kentucky assistant coach Tracy Webster were the coaches taking in the work out on Wednesday.

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