Novel Seeing Interest Rise

Simeon 2016 guard Zack Norvell is staying patient with the recruiting process, but he is seeing new schools jump in and gives the latest.

Illinois has offered numerous point guards in the 2016 class, but the shooting guard spot is one position where offers have been issued less frequently. One prospect who is in the group of offered recruits is Chicago (IL) Simeon SG Zack Norvell.

Norvell is working hard to break the stereotype of him being just a shooter. By being more assertive with the ball in his hands, he hopes it opens up more avenues in his game.

"I want to be more aggressive on the floor as well as being more selective about when I’m aggressive in my shot selection,” he said. "I felt like earlier this spring I was forcing it a bit. I feel like I’m letting things come to me now.”

Plus, Norvell knows that becoming a more diverse threat will help him get better looks from outside as the defense has to respect his dribble drive game more.

"Once you get to the basket and get to the foul line, it opens up a lot outside, and that helped a lot,” he said.

In Lexington, Norvell was able to hit some open shots when given the opportunity. He credits his teammates for helping him get those looks, and he knows it’s important for him to finish when they set him up.

"Making open shots is big time,” he said. "I got a lot of open shots because of guys who make shots like Jarrin (Randall), Charlie (Moore), and Bryce (Barnes) since guys have to guard them."

One area where Norvell was urged to show more intensity was on defense, especially by his high school coach Robert Smith. On a team without much height, especially early on without big man Nick Rakocevic, Norvell was forced to guard players much taller than him.

That challenge was a growing experience for the 2016 guard.

"It helps me to be more aggressive on the defensive end,” he said. "Going against guys that are 6’7” or 6’8” I have to hold my ground and lock them up."

Because of some strong play this spring, Norvell has seen some new schools showing interest.

"Georgetown has shown a lot more interest lately,” he said. "I recently got an offer from Florida State, too. Illinois offered me a while back. I think Georgetown could be offering soon."

Visits are still up in the air right now for Norvell. Once spring ball settles down, he will likely start setting visits and seeing some schools.

"I might wait for a couple more sessions to sit down and talk to my dad about who I feel comfortable with and who I’m liking the most,” he said. “I haven't planned out any visits right now, but I’ll sort that out later."

Until then, Norvell hopes to stay in contact with schools and build the relationships he hopes will help him narrow down his choices soon.

"Staying in contact and building a good relationship with the coaches is important to me,” he said.

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