2016 Intro: Skyler Nash

Skyler Nash made a name for himself this summer while playing on the AAU circuit with the 15-U Illinois Wolves team. The youngster recently visited DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. Nash gives us the skinny on the unofficial visit in this report.

Skyler Nash is a 6-4 swingman who emerged as a freshman at De La Salle High School last season. This summer, Nash decided to transfer to Whitey Young High School on Chicago's west side.

"I think Whitney Young is a better fit for me all around," Skyler said on his decision to transfer to Young. "I'm making sure that where I am is going to be the best for me in terms of academically, athletically, but also socially and in my development as a person. De La Salle is a really good school, but it just turned out to not be the right fit for me. My younger sister is at the Whitney Young Academic Center already. That was another factor. Just being closer to her and have that family support there on a daily basis, that was a deciding factor. There were many factors, it wasn't just athletics."

Nash recently had the opportunity to visit DePaul's Lincoln Park campus and got to meet everyone associated with the Blue Demons program.

"It was really good," Nash said of the visit. "We came in and walked into practice and got to meet all the coaches. We got to see them really go about practice. We got to see how they warmup and go through the drills. Then they put in some of their offense. We got to see how the players get into their spots for offense and defense."

Nash was able to see all of the aspects of a student-athlete's life at DePaul.

"We got to meet all the players afterwards," said Skyler. "Then we went back to Coach Purnell's office and got to talk, get to know each other better, and ask questions. We got to see how they put together practice film, break it down, and instruct players on what they're doing wrong. Afterwards we met with the academic advisor and take a tour all around the campus. We got to see the locker rooms, dorms, and see how it is to be an athlete at DePaul."

Nash came away impressed with some of the Blue Demons, including former Whitney Young star Tommy Hamilton, who is an incoming freshman at DePaul.

"I know Tommy Hamilton," said Nash. "I was just really impressed with the way he had slimmed down. That really stood out to me."

"Charles (McKinney) is really athletic," said Skyler. "He really kind of surprised me. There was one play where he took off a few feet from the basket and really punched it through."

"(Freshman guard) Billy Garrett, Jr. really surprised me in how he stepped into a leadership role on the team and is able to runs things," Nash said. "He really is taking charge and was able to go through things at a high speed."

Nash has also received interest from Drake, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, and Xavier. He plans on taking an unofficial visit to Purdue on the 24th of August.

This season, Nash will team up with a strong group of seniors at Whitney Young. Among his teammates are Jahlil Okafor, one of the top centers in the nation, along with Paul White and Miles Reynolds.

"We just lost (La Lumiere transfer) Joseph Toye, which is a bit of a blow, but it's another opportunity for me to step up really. We are the team to beat," Nash said of his Dolphins team. "So everybody is going to come in every single game and try to take us down. Between Jahlil, Paul, Miles, myself, and the other guys on the team, we're going to have enough fire power were we can go in every game and execute our game plan and accomplish our goals."

The Dolphins play a tough schedule which includes playing games out of state to matchup with some of the nation's powerhouse programs.

"I'm really looking forward to going out and compete with the best of the best," said Nash. "That's something I'm really excited about."


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