Nick Ward attends school less than 10 miles from Ohio State University, but the 4-star power forward’s new home will be in East Lansing, Michigan.
“I really liked Michigan State. It felt like home, so I decided to commit there,” said Ward, a 6-foot-9-inch junior at Gahanna-Lincoln High School.
Almost a month after telling The Left Bench’s Justin Meyer he would take his time to deliberate colleges, Ward announced his commitment to Michigan State via Twitter.
Thank you to all the coaches who have recruited me, however I have decided to commit to The Michigan State University. #Spartandog
— Nick Ward (@IamNickWard) April 30, 2015
Ward had over 20 offers from schools across the nation, but decided he was most comfortable with the team atmosphere at Michigan State.
“My first visit up there I felt like I was a part of the team,” Ward said.
Javon Bess, a freshman at Michigan State, also attended Gahanna-Lincoln High School, but according to Ward, Bess’s presence on the team did not weigh too heavily on his ultimate decision.
“No, not really. It was my decision where I chose to go,” Ward said.
Looking to the future, Ward said he wants to win championships, develop as a player both mentally and physically, and make his family proud.
The fine dining services provided in East Lansing were an added bonus to Ward’s commitment.
“The cafeteria. It’s second to the White House,” an enthusiastic Ward commented. “I love that cafeteria.”
It feels good being a Spartan Dawg 🏀
— Nick Ward (@IamNickWard) May 3, 2015
The ultimate goal for Ward while at Michigan State is to win the National Championship and prepare to play in the NBA. He is a strong power forward who is a major scoring threat inside the paint, and will be a valuable addition to Tom Izzo’s Spartans in 2016.
“Inside scoring and rebounding. Just a little bit of everything,” Ward said about the contributions he can make on Michigan State’s team.
But until then, Ward still has his senior season to look forward to. He has a few goals to check off before leaving to join the Spartans.
“Win a state ring, have fun with my brothers and break the scoring record,” Ward said.
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