Jared Nickens recently reclassified to the 2014 class. The 6-foot-6 wing holds several offers, but recently visited Syracuse as part of their elite camp. He arrived on campus on Tuesday, and left after theh conclusion of the camp on Wednesday. He spoke with CuseNation.com about the experience.
"The camp went well," Nickens described. "It was a good experience. We did a lot of dribbling drills, going to the basket with contact at game-like speed. We did a lot of game shots. That was pretty much it. After that, we played. It was a good experience. There were a lot of good players there.
"I didn't really know anybody on my team but I went up against Isaiah Whitehead and Chris McCullough. I think I played well. I scored a lot. I had some nice passes. I did some rebounding and pressed the ball. We were all going at it, I guess you could say."
Nickens describes himself as a great shooter who can hit jumpers from mid or long-range. He says he has to work on his motor, but he is a good secondary ball-handler who's long and lanky.
While on campus, Nickens took the opportunity to speak with Syracuse coaches and check out the facilities.
"I spoke to all the coaches," he recalled. "I actually took my visit on Tuesday before the camp. I spoke with Adrian Autry, Mike Hopkins, and I met with Jim Boeheim. I met some of the other assistants.
"I just listened. They said to get more aggressive and work on my motor for the next level. They think I can be a real good player so I just got to continue to work on that. They haven't offered but that's what I'm working for."
Nickens feels Syracuse has a lot of interest after his discussions with the staff. The feeling, he said, is mutual.
"Yeah I got a huge feel for that," Nickens declared. "After the camp, Jim Boeheim told me I'm a real good player and he told my father. Adrian Autry said the same thing. He wanted me to come to the camp so the other coaches could see what he was talking about. Hopkins said he liked my game. I kind of remind them of Jeremy Lamb.
"He said he loves my game and he's going to come watch me play in September when they're allowed to come to the gym.
"The Melo Center was real nice," Nickens continued. "I never saw an NBA facility, but from what they told me they have everything the pros do. They have literally everything. It's nice, spaced out, and big. On campus I liked the city environment. There's a lot of people, it's diverse. It's a nice campus. I saw the apartments where the basketball players stay at and they are real nice too."
His impression of the Syracuse campus, facilities, and discussions with the staff has left Nickens with high interest in the Orange. He said they are high on his list.
"I'm really interested in Syracuse," Nickens explained. "If they offer or whenever that happens, they will definitely be number one on my list. Right now I have offers from VCU, UMass, Temple, Penn State, Iona, Hofstra, Richmond, Seton Hall with interest from Syracuse, Villanova, Mississippi State, Miami, and that's all I can remember right now."
Nickens plans on making his decision by August 2013.