Vols Host Big Mac

Nyal "Mac" Koshwal was born in the Sudan, moved to Canada and later to Chicago where he attends Boys To Men Math and English Academy. Now it appears the Vols will get a chance to convince the 6-foot-9, 240-pound post prodigy to make a move to Knoxville on his way to the NBA.

Koshwal is scheduled to try on the southern life style when he makes his official visit Sept. 15, which is the same date No. 3 center prospect J.J. Hickson is set to be in Knoxville. Tennessee entertains Florida that weekend, and The Hill as well as The Strip should be hopping with enthusiasm and activity.

Tennessee could make a big impression on Koshwal and will, at the very least, pose a stark contrast to his current leader DePaul. He is also slated for an official visit to USC on Sept. 1 and LSU on Sept. 22. He has made an unofficial visit to Louisville last week, and has taken unofficial trips to nearby DePaul and Marquette. He is also considering Illinois, Cincinnati and Georgetown.

Mac Koshwal didn't begin playing basketball until he moved to the United States four years ago, and was almost a non-entity among recruiting circles until he had a breakout summer on the AAU circuit, beginning with the 2006 Reebok ABCD Camp.

Active around the rim and a force in the paint, Koshwal has the size, strength and athletic ability to play either power forward or center. He is rated the nation's No. 5 center prospect by Scout.com and No. 47 prospect overall.

On the heels of his solid showing at the ABCD Camp, Koshwal took his game up a notch at the Triple "S" Harley Davidson Jam Fest in West Virginia. In one contest he poured in 22 points, shooting 10 of 15 from the field and grabbing nine rebounds and impressed onlookers with his ability to handle and shoot the ball. His range has improved dramatically over the last year as he has become a legitimate threat from behind the arc. However, his real forte is aggressive and physical play.

"You won't find many forwards as active as Koshwal on the circuit," writes Scout.com's Evan Daniels. "This big man goes to the rack with force and he constantly attempts to dunk of people. He also hits the glass hard and is a major threat on the offensive glass."

Koshwal averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding in high school, but according to Scout.com's director of recruiting Dave Telep, stats don't reveal his true value.

"In the performance of the day, Koshwal was a freight train that steamrolled to 22 points (10-15 FG) and 9 rebounds. Forget the numbers, the guy was performing at a high level. He put it on the floor and dunked while taking advantage of some major league size discrepancies. He assaulted the rims at this event and he's on the rise."

A prospect ascending that rapidly should feel right at home on Rocky Top.


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