Legacy Charter (SC) forward Nicolas Claxton participated in the 2016 NBPA Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia last week. What did he think of the experience?
"It was different," said Claxton. "You're playing with a bunch of players you don't know and there isn't a lot of chemistry. A lot of times you have players who can be all about them so you have to learn to adjust to it.
"I thought I did okay. I was a little hurt with me knee so I was dealing with that."
Claxton plays with Team South Carolina and SC Raptors Elite on the AAU circuit, and his play has led to offers from several high-major programs. As of now, five of those schools appear to standout.
"I would say NC State, Florida State, Baylor, Georgia, and South Carolina," said Claxton when asked about his top schools. "Those five are definitely recruiting me the hardest, and I have a lot of interest in them.
"I've already taken visits to Florida State and Georgia, and I was up at NC State [yesterday]. I'm going to South Carolina on Monday."
NC State assistant coach Butch Pierre is heading up Claxton's recruitment for the Wolfpack, and it sounds like he has put them in a good position as Claxton enjoyed the trip.
"It went well," he stated. "I got to see around campus and talk with the coaches. I liked the PNC Arena... I could get the feel from it that it's amazing when they play there.
"NC State also has a nice practice facility that they don't share with any of the other teams."
At 6-foot-9 Claxton is being recruited by most programs as a wing forward who can also play power forward if needed. His ability to score from the perimeter but also rebound and defend makes him a prototypical combo forward recruit.
"They want me to play combo forward," he said of NC State. "Coach Gottfried and coach Butch were talking about how they would use me in the game. They'd move me around all over the court where I could be real versatile. They say I fit their system really well.
"I like NC State... they are bringing in a really good class. I think they can be great this year."
Nic's father, Charles Claxton, was a 7-foot center at Georgia who averaged 11 points and seven rebounds during his four-year career (1991-1995). Nic grew up a fan of his father's alma mater, and recently visited the Bulldogs.
"Georgia, I've been there a lot," he said. "I got to see the campus, talk with the coaches. It was a good visit too."
Claxton plans on finishing up the AAU season and taking official visits in the fall before making his college decision.
"I'm not in a hurry," said Claxton. "I'll probably make my decision around the fall after my official visits. I'll be looking at the playing style and academics... those are the biggest factors for me."
Claxton is currently rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com.