Nardi to play in the TOC

Mike Nardi is back to 100% from his season stopping injury and he is bringing his game to the Triangle area this weekend. TSW caught up with the New Jersey PG for a pre-tournament interview.

Michael Nardi and his AAU team, the New Jersey Celtics, will venture down to the triangle to play in Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Most of the top players in the nation will be there as well as the top NC State prospects. Jeremy Ingram (NC Red Storm), Corey Gibbs (Georgia Elite), Reyshawn Terry (Kappa Magic) and Mustafa Shakur (Hunting Park) will all be vying for the title.

TSW talked to Mike Wednesday night to see how he is dealing with his ankle injury, basketball and recruiting.

We asked about his season stopping injury from last fall and if it has slowed his game down. Mike said, "My ankle is fine. I am back to 100% and I am having no ill-effects. I am not having to ice down after playing. I am just happy to be playing again".

Indeed, his game seems to back to normal after his recent play in the Southern Invitational in Virginia last weekend. "I played with the New Jersey Demons down in Virginia. We finished in the top eight, but just did not have enough players to advance further. I was named to the All-Tournament team."

Nardi will be back with the New Jersey Celtics when play begins Friday. "We are pretty much ready to go, although our center Grant Dillmeier will not be able to play because of a broken hand." The Celtics will play in Reynolds at 8:00 on Friday night when they take on the Southern California All Stars. They are playing in Pool D and will take on the Illinois Fire at 11:30 on Saturday. One interesting match-up will take place at 4:40 when his team will play Jeremy Ingram's NC Red Storm.

The opportunity to play in the triangle area will also provide Nardi with a chance to unofficially visit NC State. "My plans are to visit NC State after the tournament. NCAA rules prohibit me from doing that while tournament play is in progress. I will visit them Sunday".

Rutgers, NC State, St Johns, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Villanova are all involved with Mike. He also said Pittsburg is in the mix as well now. "NC State is my leader right now. They have not offered yet, but seem to be close to extending a grant".

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