Prentiss Nixon was known around the Chicago area as an 8th grader, but he drew national attention with his play at the Fab Frosh camp in Atlanta this summer.
"It was good competition. The top competition in the country. They got to see me, and I got to see what was out there."
Nixon is a tremendous shooter and made a strong impression at the camp. He now takes his considerable skills to Bolingbrook High School. He is excited about his first high school season.
"We start practice November 7th. Right now, we just have open gym. I think we're gonna have a good team. We have a big man who can put points on the board. We have great guard play."
That guard play will likely include Nixon. He downplays his shooting skill while emphasizing a desire for an all-around game.
"I can hit from outside, but it can always get better. Right now, I'm working on ball handling and being able to adjust to the high school game. In high school, everybody is bigger and stronger. I'm looking for ways I can get to the rim and help my teammates get better."
He cares about the defensive end also.
"People say my defense is good, but I think it can always be better. I always want to be better than I already am."
The 6-footer hasn't known Illinois assistant coach Jerrance Howard long, but they have already developed a good relationship.
"I've known Coach Howard about a month. We became very close friends."
Nixon has a favorable impression of the Illini basketball team.
"Very good basketball program, very good school in general. This is my second visit to Illinois."
Despite his youth, the mature Nixon already has an idea what he wants in a college.
"Obviously a great basketball program. I need a school that can get me to a degree after four years."
The Illini will try to demonstrate both traits in the coming years as they follow this precocious youngster's progress.