Zamal Nixon Has Some D-1 Interest

Reporter Brian Towey has a story about a player from Boys & Girls High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. ...

Zamal Nixon owns the rare distinction of playing in both the New York City Catholic (CHSAA) and Public (PSAL) leagues. The 6-foot-1, 170 pound combo guard spent three years at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn before transferring to Boys and Girls High School across the borough for his senior year. That stuff about the CHSAA being tops in the city? Don't buy it, according to Nixon. The new PSAL set-up, binding together the top AA teams in each borough, makes each division formidable.

"I think as far as the competition, it's about equal," said Nixon. "Now they're we're playing in the new league, it's just as tough."

Nixon has played a key role in Boys and Girls' emergence this winter. And the irony is that the undefeated Kangaroos (17-0) owe part of their success to a player with a Catholic League pedigree, with a game that has lent stability.

"He makes everyone around him a little bit better," said Boys and Girls coach Ruth Lovelace. "I'd say he averages about four or five assists a game. He takes pressure off of the of other people because he's unselfish. He's willing to give the ball up, where as others may force the issue."

Boys has knocked off Rice, Lincoln, and Molloy, among others this season, and defeated Towson Catholic of Maryland, featuring Donte Greene (Syracuse) and Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech) in the championship of the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic in Binghamton. Nixon was named MVP of the tournament.

The lefthander is quick off the bounce, capable of bursting to the rim, and a good on-ball defender. He is averaging around 16 points per game. With the balanced scoring that Boys and Girls is receiving this year, defenses can pick their poison.

"I think I have a big presence on offense," said Nixon. "A lot of teams put a lot of attention on me, and that helps everybody else. One of the things you notice in watching our team is that anyone can score in a given game."

Nixon wasn't very visible on the AAU circuit last summer, playing in a handful of tournaments with the Juice All-Stars. His recruitment appears to have really picked up this winter. Nixon claims offers from Wichita State, Fairfield, Hofstra, Long Island U., Fairleigh Dickinson, and Howard.

"I don't have any favorites right now," said Nixon. "I'd like to go to a school where I'll be able to play right away. And I'd like to be able to find a coach who can teach me some things, and let me play through my mistakes."

Nixon has not set up any visits yet, but plans on taking trips to a number of those programs later this winter. Proximity to home won't be a factor.

"I just want to make the right choice for me no matter how far I have to go," said Nixon.

Boys and Girls is one of the front-runners to take the PSAL city title, and Nixon's presence has been a major factor.

"It's worked out well in both cases," said Lovelace. "He's been a great addition to what we already had. He's a part of that puzzle."

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