2015 Combo Guard Receiving Early Interest

White Station (Memphis, TN) High School 2015 combo guard Nych Smith is receiving early interest from several colleges.

  • Name: Nych Smith
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: White Station (Memphis, TN) High School
  • Position: Combo Guard
  • HT-WT: 5-foot-10, 175
  • Colleges of Interest: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida International, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tennessee, UConn, UMass

  • Schools throughout the east coast, as well as in the southeast have offered the highly talented guard.

    "Memphis has offered, Tennessee has offered, I recently picked up an offer from UConn, UMass, FIU and Arkansas have offered," said Smith. "I also have a lot of interest from Alabama, Mississippi State... a lot of regional schools and I'm trying to get more looks from national schools."

    He received his first offer before he even attended his first day in high school.

    "My first offer was from FIU," said Smith. "I received it my 8th grade summer, the summer going into my 9th grade year. I felt on top of the world. I felt like I had to keep it up."

    But he hasn't let the offers that have continued to come in go to his head.

    "I like to stay humble about it and take it all in stride, stay focused on what got me here," said Smith.

    With so many offers and schools showing interest, he has taken the initiative and started taking several unofficial visits to find out more about college ball and college life in general.

    "I have taken quite a few unofficials," said the talented guard. "I've taken an unofficial to Kentucky, UAB, several to Memphis and Tennessee. I go to see how they play and what their campus life is like, talk to a couple of their players and get to know the coaches better. I go to see if I like it there and if I feel like they will eventually be one of my top choices."

    As of now, no school is at the top of his recruiting wish list.

    "I'm kind of looking at every school because I want to keep my options open," said Nych.

    Although he still has three years of high school ball to play, Nych has an idea what he is looking for in a school.

    "I like to get up and down with the pace but I kind of like half court sets, too," he said. "So, I guess you could say I like a balanced attack like a Tennessee or a Memphis that likes to get up and go, or someone like a UConn."

    Nych talked about what he brings to his team.

    "I like to get my teammates involved, first and foremost but I can also score when needed," he said. "I feel like scoring is a big part of my game.

    "I can shoot outside and drive to the basket but I like to shoot the three. If I can get that going, then I like to drive to the basket. Because I'm kind of an undersized guard in today's game, I've had to develop a pullup jumper instead of going all the way to the rim against the bigger guys. I like to keep them on their heels and make them respect everything (offensively)."

    On the defensive end of the court, he likes to keep the pressure on his man.

    "Defensively, I like to contain the ball and apply a lot of pressure," said Nych. "I like pressure, pressure; make the offense uncomfortable. I like to see what they like to do and then take it away from them."

    Keep it on GenesPage.com and Scout.com for the latest recruiting news on this talented member of the class of 2015.

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