He's a 6-3 shooting guard who plays for Chicago Marist High School and the Ferrari AAU team.
He's a bit overshadowed by fellow Ferrari Point Guard Jerome Randle, who Scout.com's Dave Telep called a "winner, has poise and he's had one heckuva second half of the summer."
But we digress, Randle is probably headed elsewhere, and 5-7 is awfully short to play in the big 10.
Nash is something else, Telep wasn't all that impressed with his play, he wasn't a big factor in the Ferrari wins, but "his body is big ten ready."
So what about Bill Carmody's first commit of 2005?
When you talk to his coaches, both Gene Nolan of Marist and Tyrone Slaughter of Ferrari, you get some very different, glowing reports, and some insight into how this soon to be 4 year starter plays the game.
First off Coach Nolan told us that Nash, "needs to be more unselfish" as he plays his lead guard position.
Nolan describes Nash as a "big, long athlete with great hands." He essentially said, You throw the ball to him and he catches it virtually every time. He's very versatile, "does lots of things well."
He's Marist's team leader and the team wins when he's on the court. They were 25-4 last year.
He's also the kid that Marist uses to cover the opponent's point guard, again he's got that long reach, and "great hands."
Then you talk to Tyrone Slaughter, coach of the AAU National Champ Ferrari team and who has coached Nash for 5 years, he calls Nash, "one of the best athletes I've ever coached in last few years, an incredible student...of the game."
"He can do a lot of things." is also how Slaughter describes Nash, "he's had a great growth in his ability [to step outside] "
His AAU career with Ferrari may have come to an end, but Brian Stinette of ChicagoHoops noted that Nash, "also came up big for the National Champs."
Talking with Gene Nolan, you realize that Nash is expected to be a major factor in Marist's future. Now that he's committed to Northwestern, and should sign his Letter of Intent in November, he can concentrate on improving his game.
We'll be watching the Chicago Prep scores and keeping in touch with Coach Nolan to see how Nash continues to improve and lead's Marist to an even better record in 2005. Then we'll watch his progress with the Wildcats.
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