No leader for LeBryan Nash

He's been tied to Baylor and his half-brother played at Oklahoma State, but Texas small forward LeBryan Nash insists he does not have a college leader.

He's been tied to Baylor and his half-brother played at Oklahoma State, but Texas small forward LeBryan Nash insists he does not have a college leader.

"I am still basically considering everybody," said the 6-6 Nash, who is ranked among the nation's top 15 seniors. "There really is not a leader. Everybody is kind of equal. I am still looking and wide open to everybody. I am just going to enjoy the recruitment process and then pick a school I like."

Nash is part of the United States under 17 team playing in San Antonio. He had two points, one rebound and one steal in 12 minutes in Monday's 88-67 win over Argentina when Quincy Miller, another UK recruiting target, had a game-high 22 points.

"Kentucky is in my top five," Nash said. "Of course, my top five changes about every week. Kentucky has really recruited me hard, and I could see them being my choice.

That's especially true after Nash watched the NBA draft and not only saw John Wall go first overall, but also watched four other Wildcats go in the first round. "That NBA draft meant a lot to me," Nash said. "Everybody wants to get to the NBA. Coach Cal (John Calipari) can put players in the league and get you to the next level, which is where I want to be. That will be a big part of my college decision. That might get Kentucky over the edge. I just have to see what is there for me.

"It will be a business decision for me when I pick a school. I have to pick a school that is good for me and will let me have fun and a coach that will let me play with my teammates but also let me play my game and do what I have to do to win.

"I want Kentucky fans to keep being excited about me. I might go to Kentucky. I just want the Kentucky fans to keep praying for me to go to school there because that means a lot to me knowing they want me."

Of course, a lot of schools want Nash, who averaged 20.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game last year while earning all-state honors. He had averaged 18.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a sophomore when he also earned all-state honor. He also was a starter his freshman year and contributed 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. His Lincoln High School team finished in the top five in the state each year.

Nash, who is an A/B student, has enjoyed being on the USA team with Miller, Quincy Rivers and Amir Williams, all UK recruits in the senior class.

"It's like being on an all-star team except you are representing your country," Nash said. "We are winning, playing good. It's been great. When you are playing basketball and also representing your country, that's special. I am playing the sport I love with USA across my chest. That's special and a joy each time I step on the court. It's fun just being part of the team."


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