Feature photo courtesy of David Nickelberry.
Looking across the nation, it is hard to find a more versatile basketball player than David Nickelberry of the Class of 2017. Standing at 6-feet-7-inches, Nickelberry possesses the size to be a big man, while having the skill set of a point guard. Very few players can match Nickelberry’s unique combination of size and talent, and it creates matchup problems on both sides of the ball.
“My biggest skill is my vision of the floor and pushing the ball up,” the 3-star recruit said. “Right now, they have me at point guard, so I need to be able to guard smaller point guards and use my length.”
While Nickelberry has seen much of his basketball success in Orlando, he was raised in Southern California, and his game often gets compared to a player quite familiar to his home state.
“People say I play like Lamar Odom,” he said. “But they say I have better handles.”
Nickelberry’s play style is a major attraction to any college coach, and this past summer during the AAU live period, coaches started to catch on. Eight colleges have offered Nickelberry, and he has a good idea of what he is looking for when he makes his decision.
“I want a school I could play and do well at,” said Nickelberry, “I know that I would have to earn a position and obviously work hard everyday to gain a starting spot, but I would like to start.”
Basketball will be a major factor in Nickelberry’s decision, but it will not be the only thing. He said that would like his future college to give him a chance to further his education, and that he hopes to study sports management. Another possible factor is his current teammate Xion Golding, who has been one of his closest friends since Nickelberry moved to Orlando. Nearly every team Nickelberry has been on, Golding has been one of his teammates. Nickelberry also said location could play into his decision.
“My whole family lives out there (Southern California). That is definitely a factor,” he said, “I would love for my family to be able to come to my college games and support me.”
Looking into the future, Nickelberry said he has a couple of goals he would like to accomplish. He wants to catch the attention of high major college teams, as right now he mostly has offers from mid major schools. Also, he has high expectations for his high school team this year.
“Our goals are definitely to win the state championship,” he said. “I think this year we have a great team. We could possibly make it to the final four, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work and our chemistry has to become stronger for us to get to that level.”