Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day. It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player.
Here is the latest commitment.
Player: Tyler Nickel
Committed to: North Carolina
Stats Last Season:
Nickel is regarded as one of the top players in the country and it was easy to see that when Phenom Hoops watched him years ago at the Virginia Phenom 150. Nickel has only continued to develop and is coming off a big, shortened season in which he averaged 33.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game at East Rockingham high school in Virginia.
What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:
“He’s a long, athletic, skilled forward prospect with the ability to truly affect all facets of the game on either end of the floor. Nickel handles and passes the ball extremely well, especially for his size, and can genuinely operate as the primary creator with any group of teammates. He gets downhill, attacks the basket, spots up, and can apply incredibly efficient three-level scoring pressure at will. As versatile as Nickel is offensively, he’s arguably even more useful on defense. He’s genuinely able to switch across three to four positions at this level while protecting the rim and being the leading rebounder on either end of the floor. Coach Gore on Nickel: “Tyler is a high-major player. He was basically unstoppable throughout the day, but was unselfish and placed a strong emphasis on doing the little things.” Nickel was absolutely phenomenal during camp, leading everyone in scoring, securing the MVP award with relative ease, and should be a priority amongst Division I coaches going forward.” – Virginia Phenom 150 Evaluation
“The versatile wing plays with a strong mentality and effort. He isn’t afraid to mix it up on defense down low, guarding multiple positions but with his size, ball handling, and offensive capabilities, Nickel is a mismatch all over the court.” – Patrick O’Brien in 2019
“Arguably the most dominant performer in attendance, Nickel did a strong amount of everything on both sides of the ball. He handles the ball, creates for himself and others, and scores the ball at a nonstop rate at all three levels. Nickel has no weakness on offense, commits to defense, and rebounds the ball very well. It’s no surprise that he has the attention of HM coaches.” – Jeffrey Bendel
“Nickel is one of the more intriguing long-term prospects in attendance today. He has legitimate explosion off of 1 or 2 feet and a perimeter skillset that makes your jaw drop. He’s a confident 3 level scorer, capable of posting up, attacking from the wing, or spotting up from deep for a catch and shoot 3. As he continues to learn how to apply his skillset and become more productive, expect his recruitment to take off in a major fashion. He just has way too many tools to ignore on both ends of the court.” – Miles Masercola