Following his reclassification last year, Norristown (Pa.) Westtown School wing Jared Nickens has seen his recruitment take off, and is in the narrowing stages of deciding where he will play his college ball.
Nickens, who scored 13 points during the underclassmen game at the Mary Kline Classic earlier this month, provided some insight into taking the extra year.
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"Reclassifying was huge. It has been a big help to my game," Nickens said. "I'm definitely more comfortable with the ball in my hands and I've been able to improve my shot as well."
Already having officially visited Oregon State, Nickens will visit Maryland (Saturday), Wake Forest and Dayton in the coming weeks -- in addition to another school that has yet to be determined.
The 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing said Maryland has been recruiting him hard over the past month.
"Coach Mark Turgeon has been the coach from Maryland who has been in touch the most," Nickens said. "He's been saying I can develop and be a great fit in their system."
Although Nickens said he doesn't plan on deciding where he'll be playing at the next level before taking all of his visits, the 2014 prospect did give some insight as to what type of school would suit him best.
"Basically, I'm looking for a good fit with both the college and the coaching staff," Nickens said. "I want to go to a school with good facilities, nice people, just a good university that will suit me well."