HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) wing Kipper Nichols showed out at the Victor Oladipo & Ty Lawson All-American Camp at DeMatha. He is someone the Terps have offered and are taking a hard look at. Here's an evaluation of his game:
Player: Kipper Nichols
School: St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)
Athleticism: Nichols is solid in terms of speed and quickness, and he's definitely got the build to take on the physical nature of the game. His physique could be described as "Big Ten ready."
Shooting: It's the area where Nichols himself has indicated needs to improve, and at the moment, he's a solid mid-range scorer, who occasionally can step out to the stripe and nail a jumper.
Ball-handling: Nichols showed us solid ball-handling skills, and an ability to penetrate defenses and finish.
Passing: We didn't see anything special in terms of his passing, though he's a very team oriented prospect and looks for others.
Defense: Nichols makes the effort, and has the strength to more than hold his own.
Rebounding: Nichols is a solid rebounder, and again, uses strength and positioning moreso than great leaping ability.
Intangibles: Nichols plays on a state championship team, and seems locked in on placing winning above everything else. A nicer young man you won't meet, but we like his toughness and productivity on the court. He's got solid skills to go along with grades and character.
Summary: Much like Justin Robinson, Kipper Nichols epitomizes the term "solid," as he doesn't have one great strength, but does his job in a workmanlike, effective fashion. Throw in high marks in the intangibles column, and you've got a very good "program" type player, not one who will turn your team around by himself, but one who can be a valuable contributor nonetheless.
Evaluation: Kipper Nichols
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