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Daishen Nix hoping to take an official visit to Kentucky, decision coming soon

2020 five-star guard Daishen Nix is considered the top passer in all of high school basketball, and with summer slowly coming to a close, he’s hoping to announce where he is taking those talents in the very near future.

And during the home stretch of his recruitment, Kentucky remains right in the thick of things.

Back at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA in June, the 6-foot-5 prospect out of Las Vegas told KSR that despite the fact that he didn’t hold an offer from UK quite yet, the Wildcats were still a major priority of his during his recruitment.

In fact, the elite passing guard said that he was dying to meet Kentucky head coach John Calipari, a “legend” in his eyes, sooner rather than later.

“I really want to meet Coach Cal [in person],” Nix said. “Because growing up, watching all the top schools, they were my dream schools. It was pretty good that I got to finally talk to him. … It’ll be a shock [when I meet him] because he’s a great coach. He’s a legend to me.”

Back on May 2, UK assistant Joel Justus visited Nix at his high school, where he praised the five-star point guard for his elite passing abilities and said he could be an immediate impact player in Lexington.

When asked about the meeting, Nix said having a coach from Kentucky reach out stands out among some of the other visits he has had.

“It was a surprise because Kentucky walked in,” the five-star prospect said. “It was just like some of the other visits, but they were just higher than the other coaches that have come in so far.”

While conversations have remained consistent between Nix and the Kentucky coaching staff since the NBPA Top 100 Camp, an offer is still not on the table, and there are questions as to whether or not one will ever come.

As I’ve mentioned on the site before, while the Kentucky coaches are in love with Nix has a primary ball handler, passer, and leader, there are questions about his shooting and scoring potential at the next level. For better or for worse, Kentucky sees a ton of Isaiah Briscoe in his game, and they are wondering how that would fit in with some of the other pieces they are looking to bring in, most notably with Jalen Green and Josh Christopher.

I’m told that an offer could still absolutely come, but Kentucky would prefer to see him in action just a bit more over the next few months before officially extending one.

Sources close to Nix tell KSR, however, that the five-star guard is still extremely interested in visiting Lexington in the coming weeks in hopes of earning a scholarship offer in person.

In fact, if the Kentucky coaching staff will have him, Nix would like to schedule an official visit to the school sooner rather than later.

“[Visiting Kentucky] is a point of emphasis, most definitely,” a source close to Nix said. “Coach Cal will be the one to decide the order of things. That’s up to Cal.”

If that visit comes to fruition and an offer does come, sources tell KSR that Kentucky would likely climb up Nix’s leaderboard, potentially as high as No. 1 on his list.

Why? Outside of the consensus top-25 prospect’s outspoken admiration of John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball program, Nix also told KSR that he is extremely interested in playing with UK commitment BJ Boston in college after the two built incredible chemistry together back at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

“We’ve got really good chemistry,” Nix told KSR. “He’s a really cool guy, he’s down to earth. He’s really funny too, that’s what a lot of people don’t know about him.”

Boston agreed.

“Our chemistry is developing really good, he’s a pass-first point guard,” Boston told KSR in Charlottesville. “I really like that when I’m playing. We connected from the time we first stepped on the court together.”

But the clock is ticking, however. Sources tell KSR that Nix is looking to make his decision in the coming weeks, with the latest likely being September, meaning this visit and offer would have to come together rather quickly.

If not, UCLA will likely be the favorite to land the top passing guard in all of America.

Until then, watch him work below:


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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5 Comments for Daishen Nix hoping to take an official visit to Kentucky, decision coming soon

    7:05 pm August 16, 2019 Permalink

    The briscoe comparison might be be worse comparison in the history of comparisons. This kid is nice and bouncy. Briscoe is quite the opposite.

  2. Carcrook
    8:28 pm August 16, 2019 Permalink


  3. ColoradoCatFan88
    9:09 pm August 16, 2019 Permalink

    Looks decent from his highlight tape, but I personally would much rather have Green & Christopher.

  4. JASUN74
    11:05 pm August 16, 2019 Permalink

    The thing is CCatfan, is this kid would be the perfect player for Green and Christopher. His whole life he’s been taught, pass first, be unselfish, team player be unselfish again. Lol. He the kind of kid you 100% take and he will do whatever he has to for the team to be it’s best. Doesn’t care if he scores a point as long as you win.

    A true point guard in the same mold as Jason Kidd when coming out. Not as good of a scorer yet but under Cal he could turn into the top pick in the draft in two years. He’s that good of a player. I’ve found 9 whole games and a bunch of 1-4 minute videos, so I’m not an expert or nothing, but he’s the real deal.

    With Boston, Green and Christopher, he’d be unguardable. I don’t know why everyone thinks he can’t shoot. He’s got a great looking shot but he just has good players around him and he absolutely makes them better. Driving and kicking out or taking it to the hole, he got a great first step and is quicker than people think also.

    Anyway, I trust Coach Cal and whatever he decides, I’ll be tickled to death!! But if he don’t take him, I could see us meeting up in the tournament in a couple years and him pulling a Dewayne Wade on us and beat us. Lol. Come on Coach, Don’t let him be the guy when you’re shaking hands after a loss and telling him “ I sure missed on you kid!!” Haha.

    I know you can’t get everyone, but he’s a player and would be great with this group next year I believe. Saying all that Josh Christopher is still my favorite player in the entire class and I think he’ll become the best college an NBA Player out of all of them!! The next two or three years are going to be special here at Kentucky and we’re about to take the world by storm again. Go Cats

    • BobbyBlue
      11:13 am August 17, 2019 Permalink

      With Boston and Cam- Ron already on board, I don’t see how Cal can take this kid without losing at least one of Green, or Christopher, and possibly both.
      Cal gets insane money to decide so I will just trust him.