Michael Nardi (PG)

TSW profile for New Jersey PG recruiting target Mike Nardi.<br> <font size=1 color=cc0000>Update: Nardi Plays PG at USA</font>

Name: Michael Nardi
Position: Point Guard
Hometown: Elizabeth, NJ
High School: St Patrick HS
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 155
HS Graduation Year: 2003
School Preferences: Rutgers, NC State, St Johns, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Villanova

TSW Bullet Points:
  • Junior stats - DNP/Broke ankle prior to season.
  • Blue-collar worker with good athletic skills.
  • High Major Prospect with sleeper potential.
  • No. 1 in his class academically.

    Update May 6, 2002: (TSW Staff * The Strutting Wolf)
    Mike Nardi is running the point for USA East at the USA Camp while Chris Paul is playing the shooting guard. According to Dave Telep the East players and coaches are more familiar with Nardi, thus he got the nod at the point.

    Update May 6, 2002: (TSW Staff * TSW)
    According to Prep-Stars, NC State is the early leader for Michael Nardi. This comes as good news as NC State continues their search for a quality PG. There is also a good article from Clint Jackson from ACC Today. It is a little dated, but definately has some good stuff in it.

    Scouting Report: (Jerry Cornwell * TSW)
    Michael Nardi has been off most recruiting radars since his broken ankle caused him to miss his Junior season. But his recruiting has started to pick up. On Tuesday, coaches from both Villanova and NC State were on the St. Patrick campus to check on Nardi.

    Nardi is a hardworking PG who want impress you during warm-ups, but when the game begins, his fiery demeanor has some comparing him to Maryland's Steve Blake. St. Patrick's Head Coach Kevin Boyle told Vision Sports "He's definitely my leader," Boyle said. "He's got the respect of his teammates. He works harder than anybody – he's a total gym rat – and his game is at a high enough level where you better believe all the kids respect him as a player."

    Nardi feels his strength is in delivering the ball. He told MetroHoops in a recent interview "I feel my strength is getting the ball to people in scoring position. Delivering the ball to him in the right spot on the floor, keeping shooters in their rhythm. I need to get stronger, though. I've put on about 20 pounds, but I need to continue to work in the weight room so I can get through screens better and play better on-the-ball defense."

    Distributing the ball may be his forte, but Michael continues working on his shot as well. During his sophomore year, St. Patricks had scorers and he was not asked to put the ball in the Hoop. His upcoming senior season should see an increase in point production.

    The 6'1" point guard started six games a freshman for St. Patrick's 1999-2000 state championship team was the full-time first-stringer role as a sophomore leading his team to a 19-9 overall record.

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