Nicholas Talks Penn State

Three-star small forward Andrew Nicholas talks about his weekend visit to Penn State and his current leaders.

When Andrew Nicholas isn't in the gym lifting or nailing jump shots during summer tournaments, the 6-foot-7 small forward from East York (Pa.) High is spending time at the shore. Nicholas likes to make the four-hour trip to the beach to spend time at his aunt's house and go deep sea fishing. This upcoming weekend, he'll go three miles out in a boat for the first time.

"I hope I don't get sea sick," Nicholas said. "I don't know."

The sport is a role reversal for Nicholas, who himself is a big-fish in the world of basketball recruiting. This past weekend, Nicholas took an unofficial visit to Penn State, where he met with a number of people, including athletic director Tim Curley and an academic advisor. He said it was a good visit and that he liked the program and what it had to offer.

"At Penn State, I have a good chance of playing early. They're losing four seniors this year," Nicholas told "They want their freshman to come in and contribute right away."

Last July, Nicholas committed to Rutgers. But following the dismissal of then head coach Fred Hill Jr., he pulled back his verbal. He said that the program is no longer in the mix for him. At Penn State, he said he liked the facilities and that there is a good core in place currently and that he was impressed with the current recruiting class.

"If I come in and with the guys they're getting and have in place, I think they can make a run at the [NCAA] tournament," Nicholas said.

Academics and "getting a good education" are first and foremost to the player, but he'd also like to be close to home. Ideally, Nicholas said that the school will be under "two-and-a-half hours from home." He said that the trip to Penn State took less than two hours, about 30 minutes less than Rutgers. The fact that a program is within reasonable driving distance is important to him because he'd like to have friends and family in the stands.

"But Penn State is also on the Big Ten Network, so people can see me there too," Nicholas volunteered.

Last week, Nicholas took a visit to St. Joseph's and also likes the facility and the staff. He said he is getting strong interest from other schools, such as Boston College, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and he is interested in Davidson, as well. Ideally, the player would like to make a decision by the end of summer.

"Right now, I think St. Joseph's and Penn State are my top two, but there is still time – I want to see what happens next month with other programs showing interest," Nicholas said.

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