3-Star PG Nigel James Talks Official Visits; Gets Into Syracuse, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers

On3 imageby:Jamie Shaw12/27/23


Nigel James is the No. 132 overall player in the 2025 On3 Industry Ranking and the No. 19 point guard in the 2025 On3 150. The 6-foot-0 James transferred to Long Island (NY) Long Island Luthern this season to play on Nike’s EYBL Scholastic Circuit.

“I’m a pass-first point guard,” James told On3. “I’m a winner, a team-first guy who just wants to win. I’ve always been able to score the ball, but with this team, I’m more of a playmaker. I pick up 94 feet and am the best defender I can be. All the little things.”

On3 caught up with Nigel James after a recent live viewing to talk about this recruitment.

“I’ve taken official visits to Syracuse, Marquette, Providence, and Rutgers,” James said.

James Breaks Down Recruitment

SYRACUSE: “I learned they let their guards go there, a lot of freedom. They are a great program. They have a new coach they have recruited me hard, they really want me there. It’s nice there, really big. They have the Carmelo Anthony Center. They take care of their athletes and make sure they’re in the best shape possible.”

MARQUETTE: “They’re winners out there, everything they do they want to win. I have a great relationship with the coaches there. They’re in the gym 24/7 and they make sure they stay on top of what they have to do. They like that I fit their winning culture, that I play hard and am willing to pick up 94 feet.”

RUTGERS: “They run a team-first program there. Coach (Steve) Pikiell and Coach TJ have been recruiting me hard. They got Dylan (Harper) and Ace (Bailey) coming in, and they want me to be the point guard.”

PROVIDENCE: “Kim (English) is a winner. They have a great program, don’t matter if some guys are hurt or playing, they’re all still going to fight every day. It is a mindset thing there. They let their guards go. They tell me that I’ll be free to make plays and help them win games.”

Nigel James Talks Recruitment

“I’m looking to take some more visits,” James said. “I don’t have any set right now, we will see if I get any more offers this season. To be honest, I don’t really have a timeframe for anything yet. Going to play the year out and see.

“Relationship is going to be big for me. The relationship with the coach and the relationship the team has. I want to play for a coach that lets their guards go, and that has a trust and a belief in me. My biggest thing though is going to be the relationship.”