On The Rise: Undervalued 2022 Wing Tyler Nickel Ready to Solidify Himself on National Stage
Coming off a sophomore season where he put up better than 27 points per contest for a 26-3 East Rockingham High School (VA) squad that went to the 2A Final Four, Tyler Nickel is a name to get familiar with heading into the Summer.
“I’m a dominant scorer that does it all 3 levels. I’m skilled and coordinated at my size. A versatile defender that can guard multiple positions. I have deceptive athleticism based on what you may think when you see me walk in the gym. I had some knee tendinitis issues last Summer, but I’m back to full health now and it showed this season.”
— TJ Eck (@TJEck_TV) February 26, 2020
A jumbo-wing pushing 6’8, Nickel is an outstanding perimeter shotmaker with the ballskills to create offense off the bounce while having the size and strength to bully smaller defenders in the paint.
The Elkton-area native holds scholarship offers from Penn State, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, James Madison and VCU. Already sporting one of the more impressive offers lists in the 2022 class, Tyler seems primed for a national level recruitment with several powerhouse programs keeping tabs.
“N.C. State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Marquette, Virginia, Michigan, Ohio State and Georgetown are all showing interest.”
While Tyler is in the infancy stages of his recruitment, two in-state programs are making him an absolute priority.
“Definitely Virginia Tech and VCU are the schools recruiting me the hardest right now.”
Nickel tentatively wants to cut his list some time during the Fall of his senior year, with the educational component and the culture surrounding the basketball program looming large in his decision.
“Some of the bigger things are the majors the schools offers and academics overall. How important basketball is to the University? I want to go somewhere where there’s a lot of energy around the team.”
One of the more undervalued prospects in the sophomore class, Tyler is a mismatch nightmare that impacts the game from multiple areas on the court. His pull-up game that extends to NBA range keeps defenders off-balance, while his ballhandling ability allows him to get to the rim and finish. Add in the versatility to score with his back to the basket and you have one of more potent 2022s in America. Nickel will immediately enter the EM Top 150 Watch List as a 4star prospect and we look forward to evaluating him this Summer.