Nankivil to start weighing options

Class of 2007 prospect to devote more time to college choices now that season is over

Now that his junior season at Madison (Wis.) Memorial High School is in the books, power forward Keaton Nankivil is beginning to pay more attention to his recruiting options.

"I guess now that the season's over I'm really starting to look at it just more seriously," Nankivil said in a recent telephone interview. "I just kind of started looking at it more seriously."

Nankivil (6-foot-8, 245 pounds) is a four-star prospect according to, the top class of 2007 prospect in Wisconsin, and one of the nation's best prospects at the ‘4' position.

He said he has certain scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa, Iowa State and Virginia.

More schools will certainly follow suit, and Nankivil wants to spend this summer surveying his options.

"I think what I'm going to do maybe this summer is just go play some events in AAU and go to some camps and see maybe what other interest I could get," he said. "And then make a decision after that."

Nankivil said he has not looked at it closely enough yet to have any favorites, but he plans to make his decision before the start of his senior season.

The consensus first-team all-state selection attended several games at Wisconsin and Marquette this year.

"I guess those are the ones I know the most about right now," Nankivil said. "They are nice. Obviously they've been pretty successful this year, both getting decent seeds in the tourney, even though the both went out in the first round. But they both had pretty successful years."

In addition to those in-state programs, Nankivil attended one game at Iowa this year. He has not taken any official visits.

Nankivil averaged 16.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game this year in helping the Spartans reach their third consecutive Division 1 state championship game. Memorial won the state title in 2005 and was runner-up this year and in 2004.

"The only thing that isn't satisfying is only one of them has been a championship," Nankivil said. "There's always something more to look forward to, I guess."

The 2005 Spartan roster included Wesley Matthews, a freshman guard at Marquette this year. Without players like Matthews to draw defenses away from him, Nankivil worked to develop his mid-range game, making himself a more versatile scoring threat.

"I'm proud of the way that I've been able to work and develop a lot more skills than just a back-to-the-basket game," Nankivil said. "That's what I hope to show people this (summer) is that I can handle the ball a little bit better. I can shoot a mid-range jumper now and that kind of stuff, instead of just bang around inside."

His inside-outside talents became even more dangerous with freshman post Jeronne Maymon and senior guard Jerard Ajami also averaging in double figures.

"It's something I really wanted to do," Nankivil said of improving his mid-range game, "because I knew that it would be a lot more congested in the middle of our offense with losing so many good perimeter players.

"I worked on it just to give myself and my team more options — better ways to score the ball without having to go inside."

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