POTOMAC, Md.--Westtown (Pa.) senior wing Jared Nickens had a game-high 30 points in is 63-42 win against St. Vincent Palotti (Laurel, Md.) in the opening round of the 2013 Bullis Holiday Classic, and he talks about his big performance to talk about his senior season, what parts of his game he has been working on, and more in the video below. Plus, TTDan gives his full evaluation below the video.
Dan Painter's Scouting Report
Player: Jared Nickens
School: Westtown School
Weight: 185 pounds
Venue: Bullis School (vs. St. Vincent Pallotti)
Athleticism: Nickens is one of those rangy, silky-smooth operators, who is moving faster than he appears. He's a quick leaper, and can play over the rim. He runs pretty well but really needs to hit the weights in the spring. He's definitely a finesse guy, and the Big Ten can get pretty physical. But Nickens has enough athletic ability to hang with most wings at the high major level.
Shooting: That's his forte, and he did nothing on this night against a game, but overmatched, Pallotti squad to dispel his reputation. Nickens went 12-of-14 on field goals, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. He has a high release and excellent form, and what was also impressive was his ability to hit the mid-range jumper. For a program in desperate need of shooting, Nickens should be an excellent addition.
Ball-handling: Nickens' handle has improved a lot, to the point where he can cross you over and go by you now. His ability to create shots off the bounce, once a weakness, has now become pretty solid. He'll need that extra bulk to create contact and finish, but progress is being made.
Passing: Nickens forced nothing and made simple, yet effective, passes throughout the game.
Rebounding: He'll have to get a lot stronger to be a quality rebounder in the Big Ten, but he did grab six against SVP, and seemed to get decent positioning on both ends of the court.
Defense: Nickens had two nice blocks, and has extremely long arms, which should be helpful in deflecting balls in passing lanes. More physical wings will give him problems, but again, time in the weight room will help in that area.
Intangibles: As we mentioned, Nickens let the game come to him, played very much a "team" game, and showed a lot of poise on the court. He's very well coached at Westtown, and seems to respond well to that coaching.
Summary: Jared Nickens will not likely come in and be a dominant performer as a freshman, but he's got plenty of upside, and his history has shown that he'll work to improve his game. The Terps currently don't have a consistent wing shooter. Nickens should help in that area fairly soon in his Maryland career. We liked his "feel" for the game, and again, he's simply a much better all-around player than we viewed at this same tournament a year ago.
That bodes well -- Nickens is a good offensive performer now, and will work to get better in all facets. TT will see him some more this year, but his 30 point performance (on 14 shots) against SVP was mighty impressive. For now, the physical maturation is the key, with continued work on his handle. As a staff, you recruit to fill your needs, and Nickens, as a shooter at least, is awfully good.
Terp Commit Jared Nickens: Update and Eval.
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