Ward thankful to land Spartans offer

Lincoln (Ohio) Gahanna sophomore center nets MSU offer and is compared to a former Spartan who now is starring in the NBA.

Playing with one NBA player and being compared to another made for an outstanding visit to East Lansing for Nick Ward.

The visit got even sweeter when the Spartans extended an offer to the 2016 Lincoln (Ohio) Gahanna center.

"It means a lot to me," Ward said. "I really, really like that school. I think it's an excellent school and I was really thankful to have that offer."

During the visit, Ward played in open gym, which he said was the highlight, especially being on a team with former Spartan and Golden State Warrior Draymond Green.

"He is just an excellent player," Ward said. "He was very experienced and taught me things that I didn't know I had to do.

"He was just showing me and leading by example."

Afterward, he ate lunch with the coaches in one of the dorms and was told he had an offer – and which former Spartan they saw him as.

"They called me Zach Randolph," he said. "They said I played just like him. They said I look great and I'm a great personality. They said I can score the ball from multiple positions and they like my work ethic.

"They think I'm going to be a star."

Ward quickly heard from his high school teammate and 2014 Michigan State signee Javon Bess.

"He just told me congratulations and told me all the good things about Michigan State and stuff I have to look forward to," Ward said.

Ward also is hearing from Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Missouri and Akron early, but is focused on a major goal with Gahanna this season.

"To win a national championship," he said. "We've got the height and the depth and I think we've got the talent, too."

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