WT: Nolan Dennis Spotlight

HALTOM CITY, Texas --- Friday morning at the Whataburger Tournament just outside of Ft. Worth, Nolan Dennis and his Richland (TX) High teammates found themselves playing in an 8 a.m. consolation bracket game. After scoring 18 points and moving his team on to the next round, the 6-4 junior spent some time discussing his recruitment.

"It's going pretty good, the colleges have all kind of settled down," said Dennis. "They have their season that they are worrying about but later on after the games, when their seasons are done it will probably get rough again."

A versatile playmaker who spends a lot of time running the point for his high school team, but he's also wired to score from the wing, Dennis says that schools have been recruiting him at both spots and he sees himself as a combo because of that versatility.

"I think I can be a combo guard in college," said Dennis. "Just me being versatile, I think I have the capability to play just about everything."

On the recruiting front, Dennis declined to give a list of schools. According to Dennis, there are too many to name and he's wide open and doesn't want anybody to stop recruiting him because of where he listed them while giving a school list.

"I'm still wide open," Dennis said. "Pretty much everybody has been involved, I'd say everybody is recruiting me hard. There's a lot of them, the list just goes on and on."

While he wouldn't give an actual list, Dennis did eventually identify Memphis, Indiana, Texas, Kansas and North Carolina as some of the schools who have been involved. Of those schools, Kansas, Indiana and Texas all saw him at this week's tournament and Dennis mentioned that Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams was out to see him recently as well.

"It's been crazy, they are making sure they get in touch with me like every day just the same as all the other colleges," said Dennis of the Heels' involvement. "Coach Williams was down in Houston when we played down there and won that."

The next step for Dennis is to cut his list of schools to five and figure out where he wants to visit. Both he and his mother say that he'll take all of his visits and that the relationship with the coaching staff and players will be important. However, it could be a while before the list is cut and playing time figures to be awfully important as well.

"Maybe at the end of the summer, or maybe even at the end of my senior year next year," said Dennis of when he'd narrow his focus. "I just want to pick a school where I can play, get into the program and hopefully start as a freshman and just come into the game and they let me do what I do."

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