Wisconsin Big Man 100 Percent

A stress fracture kept Keaton Nankivil sidelined all of last spring and summer. The 6-foot-8 junior out of Wisconsin (Memorial High) isn't trying to make up for lost time. He's 100 percent, but still being cautious.

Good big men are hard to find nowadays. That's what makes Keaton Nankivil such a valuable commodity among college coaches.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Memorial High (Wis.) junior was on the mend all of last spring and summer with a stress fracture in his foot, so he's being cautious this year not too over-exert himself.

While he feels 100 percent, Nankivil is still picking and choosing the events he attends – rather than playing each and every weekend.

``This past April has helped me out a lot," Nankivil said. ``It's given me the chance to play against a lot of guys I don't normally get a chance to go up against."

If you toss out one game against Oklahoma-bound big man Blake Griffin, Nankivil has more than held his own against all of the other frontcourt guys he's faced.

``I didn't really know much about him (Griffin)," Nankivil said. "I was impressed with his size and how well he can move."

Nankivil will take to the road this weekend with the Fox Valley Skillz to North Carolina for the Tournament of Champions. Then he'll head to the NBA Players Camp and then to the Nike Camp in July.

``Keaton's ability to finish strong at the basket with either hand as well as step outside and shoot the basketball with great range has made him a fantastic prospect at the next level," Fox Valley Skillz coach Ritchie Davis said. "He has very soft hands and is able to block shots with either hand in traffic."

There's a chance that Nankivil could take an unofficial to Wake Forest while he is in the area. Wake Forest will have to battle in-state powers Wisconsin and Marquette if the Demon Deacons are to land Nankivil. He also mentioned Iowa, Virginia, Stanford and Boston College.

``I just want to find somewhere that's the right fit for me," Nankivil said.


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