Over the weekend, Bob Huggins and West Virginia offered Tyler Nickel, a highly-skilled four-star prospect out of East Rockingham High School in Virginia.
2022 Tyler Nickel continuing to impress with Team Loaded this weekend. Showing off his athleticism with this finish, he picked up an offer from WVU yesterday #SCL https://t.co/IjdqJUwT5d pic.twitter.com/onXFg7HOTV
— Commonwealth Basketball Group (@theCBGLive) May 2, 2021
“I was very excited when I heard the news,” Nickel told West Virginia Sports Now. “That is a big-time program for sports in general but recently, specifically basketball.”
Nickel is a 6-foot-8, 210-pound small forward, who is an elite scorer and handles the ball like a guard. He is ranked as the No. 69 player in the nation according to 247 Sports Composite rankings, and holds offers from more than ten division one programs.
“My relationship has been very consistent for several months now,” Nickel said about his relationship with the WVU staff. “Assistant coach Larry Harrison has been recruiting me heavily.”
At the moment, Nickel added, he is being recruited the hardest by Virginia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, NC State, and Butler. As for a commitment timeline, Nickel said that he is not entirely sure when he is going to make his decision.
“Originally, I wanted to commit on my birthday (Sept. 5) but now looking at how condensed everything was because of Covid, I will probably cut my list on my birthday then commit in November. And as far as visiting, I’m not 100% sure who all will be on that list right now.”
As his recruitment plays out, it will be interesting to see whether or not West Virginia becomes one of those schools that is prioritizing Nickel the hardest. Until then, he will continue his search for his next home.
“In a school, I’m looking for wherever will make me the best pro possible,” he said.