DeaconSports Exclusive Interview: Drew Naymick

DeaconSports spoke with Wake Forest recruiting target Drew Naymick this past weekend about Wake Forest and his recruitment. Naymick listed six schools including Wake Forest as his top choices.

Drew Naymick, a 6-10 center and power forward prospect out of North Muskegon, Michigan, is a prospect receiving tons of interest and a handful of offers.

Naymick attends North Muskegon High, a school with a little under 400 student total enrollment. Last season, he scored 22 points per game while pulling down 11 boards per contest. He also blocked six shots per outing. While Naymick notes that those numbers are against smaller players in high school ball, his talent has been proven on the court in the AAU circuit against some of the nation's premier players.

AAU ball has given Naymick a chance to work on his game as well, improving down-low. "At the high school level, we sometimes play bigger schools but the competition doesn't have a lot of big guys, so AAU gives me a chance to work on my game with my back to the basket more," Naymick said. And, with that improvement, Naymick has proven his worth to colleges throughout the nation. Although many other schools courted Naymick, he has already narrowed his list to just six schools, "Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Stanford, and Notre Dame."

The 6-10 prospect told us that all of those schools have offered him a scholarship except Stanford. "Stanford has pretty much offered me as well, though," Naymick explained. "They just can't officially offer until I am accepted into the school."

While Naymick does not have a clear cut favorite, he did give two schools that have the edge right now. "Michigan State and Michigan are ahead of the others a little bit because they are in the state and I've been able to take more visits to those schools," Naymick noted. While they are the leaders for now, he noted that that could definitely change over the course of the summer.

As for Wake Forest, he knew very little about the University until the coaching staff started recruiting him. "I didn't know too much about them except it was ACC basketball before they recruited me. But [now] I know it's a very good school and a small school with big-time basketball." The coaching staff has made a big impression on him during their recruitment. "Coach Prosser and Battle came up for the school visit and Coach Battle has been to a few games and a practice or two," Naymick said. "The meeting was the first time I met Coach Prosser and I had a very good impression of him. He had a great sense of humor."

While Naymick had hoped to visit Wake Forest officially this spring, baseball and AAU basketball tied most of his free time up. He may pay his own way to visit this summer, however, to get a glimpse of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina campus.

"I'm going to have to wait until the fall to take an official to Wake, but my family is thinking about taking an unofficial visit this summer. If I don't commit this summer, I will definitely get to take official visits to Wake and Stanford and once I do that a decision will come quickly - but it could come this summer too," he added. "It just depends on if I find a school that I feel very comfortable with and a school where I like the other players coming in."

He described his game as one where he has a pretty good shot in the high post and believed he was a good rebounder. "I'm a pretty good defender too," Naymick said. "[This past season,] when my offense wasn't as good, I could rely on my defense. I block a lot of shots and am working on improving my rebounding even more."

For now, Naymick will continue to head to the gym to work on his game as he continues to improve. Naymick is in the process of "Working to improve hook shots with each hands" as well as his "high post and outside shooting."

And, for now, Wake fans will wait and wait, hoping for two more top prep players to join Chris Paul and Todd Hendley as Demon Deacons out of the high school class of 2003.

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