2015 Bolingbrook Guard Continues Improvement

When a basketball player bursts onto the scene as a youngster, the next question is whether he will continue to advance his game as he matures. Bolingbrook's 2015 guard Prentiss Nixon was labeled one of the top entering freshmen this past year due to his excellent outside shot. Nixon is now working to become an all-around player.

Prentiss Nixon is enjoying playing for the 15U Illinois Wolves AAU team.

"It's been going pretty good. We're winning games and playing on a good team, so we all get good publicity."

The Wolves are loaded with guards. Besides Nixon, Jordan Ash, Glynn Watson and Roosevelt Smart provide great flexibility and place a tremendous burden on opponents trying to contain them.

"Nobody has any pressure to score. Everybody can get to the bucket and shoot jump shots, get to the line and make free throws."

Nixon honed his skills during the winter for Bolingbrook High School.

"My high school season went pretty good. I moved down to the sophomores to get more playing time halfway through the season. But next year, I'll play varsity and play point guard."

The 6-footer feels Bolingbrook will make a statement this next season.

"The varsity lost in the first round of the regionals. We made improvement, but we didn't have a season like we hoped to have. But we'll get that next year. We'll try to take it all. We have four returnees, so we should have a pretty solid team."

Nixon's best trait as a ball player is his tremendous shooting touch from the perimeter. Few can match his accuracy from the three point line. But he is working hard to develop his other skills so he won't be one-dimensional.

"I've been working on my ball handling and learning to take people off the dribble. Just being an all-around good player because college coaches want me to do more."

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce has been playing catch-up with Illini recruiting prospects, so he hasn't had much chance to evaluate the 2015 class yet.

"I haven't had a chance to meet with Coach Groce, but hopefully in the future I will."

There's little doubt about that. Nixon has visited the Illinois campus and has an interest. When reminded of Groce's preferred style, Nixon shared a smile.

"From what I hear, they like to get up and down the floor. They want to make it a fast-paced game, and that's what I like. I like to get up and down the floor and get easy layups. We'll see how it all breaks down."

As Nixon adds components to his game, he is likely to be recruited heavily despite an abundance of smaller guards in the 2015 class.

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