Nichols' Early Decision Surprises Coach

Radford High School coach Rick Cormany was surprised when his star point guard made an early commitment to WVU.

Last weekend, Darris Nichols announced his verbal commitment to West Virginia, which left his head coach "totally shocked."

"We knew West Virginia was probably in the lead, but this was a surprise," Cormany said. "We didn't expect him to announce until after Nike Camp at least, but he cancelled visits with UVA, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. WVU has really put in their work on him."

As might be expected, Cormany gushes over his rising senior, but the compliments that he pays makes Nichols sound like a perfect fit for West Virginia's program.

"I think you got a quality point guard," Cormany said. "I think he can play two also. He can run and shoots the ball very well.

"He's just such a smooth player. He's always under control and averages less than one turnover per game. He's a true coach's son (Nichols' father is Radford assistant) He's not flashy, but he just gets the job done. He is a steady factor on the floor, and doesn't get rattled."

The "not flashy" part may contribute to the fact that Nichols isn't always the first player an observer will notice on the floor. That's fine with Cormany, who believes that Nichols will be a very good collegiate player.

"You have to see him play a couple of times to appreciate him. He's just a real solid player on the floor. He can run a team and be a steadying influence.

He "He's athletic, too. He can put his back to the basket, drop step and dunk the ball. He's with a weight trainer right now, and we think he will put on some weight. His dad grew a couple of inches after high school."

Nichols started at the point as a freshman at Radford, and his dependability at the position has been evident since day one. Cormany believes that quality is manifest thorughout Nichols' family, and doesn't think WVU has anything to worry about when Nichols runs the gauntlet of recruiters over the summer session.

"When this family makes a promise or a commitment, it's rock solid. Darris is the kind of kid you'd want your daughter to date. When they shake hands or say they are going to do something, they will do it."

In addition the attending a Nike camp, Nichols will play with the East Coast Eagles in AAU competition this summer.

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