Holding 18 offers at the Division I level already, the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2020 already has the attention of some of the top coaches in all of college basketball.
But now, he’s hoping his play catches John Calipari’s eye sooner rather than later.
Daishen Nix, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound five-star prospect out of Las Vegas, NV, is already turning heads at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA this week. Bumped up to No. 10 overall and No. 1 at his position in 247Sports’ most recent recruiting rankings, Nix is considered the top passing guard in all of high school basketball, regardless of class.
With his production spiking, coaches are now flocking to see what he’s all about.
“It’s been great,” Nix said of his recruitment thus far. “I’ve had a lot of college coaches coming in, just enjoying the process. Getting myself better, getting my teammates better.
I was surprised when I got selected [for the NBPA Top 100 Camp] because at the beginning of the summer, I wasn’t ranked at all. Then when the summer came, I started blowing up.”
Nix already holds offers from Kansas, Arizona, Gonzaga, UCLA, Maryland, LSU, Alabama, and Memphis, among others. And if his elite play continues, one would expect Kentucky to follow suit in the very near future.
Back on May 2, Kentucky assistant Joel Justus traveled out to Las Vegas to meet the 6-foot-5 guard at his school, Trinity International.
According to Nix, it was a major surprise to see a coach from Kentucky come to see him, and it was a gesture he certainly appreciated.
“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.”
And what was so different about UK’s visit and their pitch?
“[Joel] Justus came in for a practice,” Nix said. “He says I’m a good passing guard and that I could come in right now and play with them.”
When asked about his interest level in Kentucky, the nation’s top point guard said that meeting John Calipari in person is near the top of his priority list going forward.
“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.”
On Wednesday night, recruiting expert Evan Daniels of 247 Sports raved about Nix and his passing ability at the NBPA Top 100 Camp on Twitter.
“Not sure there’s a better passer in high school basketball than Daishen Nix,” Daniels tweeted. “His vision, creativity and ability to pass off the live dribble has been impressive here at NBPA Top 100 Camp.”
2020 five-star point guard Daishen Nix is considered the top passer in the nation. He said yesterday that Kentucky was one of his dream schools growing up and he couldn’t wait to meet John Calipari soon. pic.twitter.com/JjozpRDhYk
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 13, 2019
And according to Nix, it’s a talent that came to fruition for him at a young age outside of basketball. In fact, his passing abilities developed at a young age when he was a quarterback growing up in youth football.
“My first sport was actually football, and I was a quarterback, and the quarterbacks make all the passes,” he said.
When the time comes for him to move on to the next level, the school of his choosing will likely have the top passing guard in all of college basketball to work with. The talent is there.
But when is a decision expected for the five-star prospect?
According to Nix, he’s just getting started with his recruitment and is in no rush to choose a school quite yet.
“I’m just enjoying the process, getting myself better and getting my teammates better,” he said. “I’m not worrying about where I’m going yet. I’m not committed anywhere, my recruitment is wide open.”
When he does eventually sit down and make a choice, what is he looking for in a school?
“They need to be an educational school first,” he said. “And then the way their system goes, I want them to play freely and let the point guard do what he wants.