It is time to get to know the newest important name on the UK radar screenTyrone Nash
, the latest power forward that Kentucky has its eyes on. He is visiting TOMORROW and has been offered a scholarship. He is a kid from Long Island who was beginning to attract attention from Big East schools, but most wanted him to prep for a year so that they could see more. But it looks like with the power forward situation at UK next year, UK needs to see no more. We will try to learn more about the kid, but start watching....he may be the newest Cat. Here is some info:
He was named Long Island Player of the Year last season
A questionnaire with Nash on a New York Hoops Website
Here is a blog posting about the kid on a Marquette board
from a few months ago. The text of the post is below:
Tyrone Nash is a kid who was considering prep schools and mid-majors before the season started. As his senior season moved along, interest in Nash picked up - - he's now being recruited more heavily by Marquette, Providence, Notre Dame, Georgetown and St. John's according to Scout.com and NYHoops.com. He apparently is still considering the prep school route as well.
The 6'7", 205 pound Nash is an honors student out on Long Island at Lawrence Woodmere Academy. As a junior, he led his team to the NY State Federation Semifinal game, averaging 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Nash missed his sophomore season with a knee injury.
Nash had a terrific senior season. He was selected as the 2005-2006 Long Island POY by Long Island Basketball which says, "Unless you've seen him play, its hard to believe all the things the 6'8 Nash can do. He dominates in the low post. He knocks down jump shots with ease, and he brings the ball down court against the press."
NYHoops.com also named Nash as their Long Island POY, noting that he "was the most consistent threat on Long Island all season long. Nash led the Woodmere Tigers to a final record of 23-4 and a berth in the class “A” federation state championship game. Despite an 81-75 loss to Peekskill, Nash was still strong in defeat, scoring 16 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking 5 shots."
In this recap of LWA's loss in the Federation Title game, this report from the local Peekskill paper called Nash "the best player on the court".
Nash was recently named to regional roster for the upcoming the Jordan Classic All-Star Game, which will be played April 22 at Madison Square Garden.
Here is a quick profile of Nash from New NYHoops, which rates Nash as the 15th best senior in the NYC area this year. Here's a recap of one of Nash's strong performances from earlier this season, which includes a shot of him in action on the court.
I need to learn that the race goes to the swift in this business. Two days ago I heard from a UK source that a new power forward was on the horizon for potential recruitment and then this information was confirmed the same day by the best UK "insider" on message boards (hello Carolina Wildcats). I was going to drop the name tonight and it looks like Dave Telep at Kentucky Sports Report beat me to it so I want to make sure he gets the credit. Shows just how good Telep is. ****