Update (4/29/2015): Nick Ward has committed to Michigan State
We all have choices to make in life. For Nick Ward, he likes to take his time with his choices.
The 6-foot-9-inch, 235-pound junior power forward from Gahanna Lincoln High School near Columbus, Ohio, has received 23 offers but hasn’t even begun to think about an order for them, he said.
“Well, I’ve been really focused on my grades and getting better,” he said. “I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I don’t know [when I will].”
Ward has gotten so many offers he couldn’t even remember every school that’s offered him, only listing Kansas State, Miami (FL), Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Xavier and Cincinnati before getting stumped. He said he has also been in contact with Illinois, Louisville, Arizona and Kansas, although those schools are yet to offer. He still doesn’t have any preferences between all of his suitors, though, he said.
“Nah, nope,” Ward said. “I see every school as equal opportunity.”
He did specify he will choose wherever he feels is the most comfortable.
“It’s all about how comfortable I feel because I’ll be there the next three or four years,” he explained. “Which one can push me the hardest to help me get where I’m going?”
Ward explained what he likes about each of the seven schools he listed. He said of Kansas State and Miami (FL) he said he loves their coaches, specifically naming Coach Lowry from Kansas State and Coach Larrañaga of Miami, referring to Larrañaga as “Coach L” and saying he just finished texting him. He said he also likes the coaching staff at Purdue and Ohio State, and added he likes how Ohio State plays. “I just love how they play,” Ward explained. “They play as one. I wouldn’t want any selfish teammates.”
For Michigan State, Xavier and Cincinnati, Ward continually said he loves how they “feed the bigs.”
“The development of the players is something big,” he said. “My dream is to get to the NBA and I’ve got to do whatever it takes to get there.”
Ward said his aim is to make the NBA.
“My ultimate goal is to make the NBA, so wherever can push me the hardest to get there,” he said.
Ward said he would like to stay close to home, commenting Ohio State’s proximity to him is a positive, but it won’t affect his decision.
“I would like to stay close to home but I know it can’t always happen like that, so it doesn’t really matter,” he said.
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He noted his decision won’t be influenced by the name on the front of the jersey.
“You can’t commit off of a name,” Ward explained. “You have to commit to where you fit at best.”
Ward said he has good friends on a few of the teams looking at him. His friends Javon Bess of Michigan State, Jae’Sean Tate of Ohio State and Vince Edwards of Purdue have all been actively trying to convince him to come to their respective schools.
“Oh yea, all of them [try to recruit me],” he explained as he laughed. “You should come here, basically saying stuff like that.”
In addition, he said his cousin, Matthew Moyer, just committed to Syracuse. But he maintained having connections to people at these schools won’t influence his decision.
“I mean, it’s ultimately my decision,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it matters too much. It’s not an advantage.”