The focus of the UCLA Bruins sports universe has turned to football, but that doesn’t mean the basketball program is sleeping. Far from it, as today UCLA managed to land the commitment of 2020 point guard Daishen Nix.
Daishen Nix, the nation's top point guard prospect, just verbally committed to UCLA, he tells @247Sports.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) August 20, 2019
"[Mick Cronin] prioritized me from the start."
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Daishen Nix is a 6’ 5”, 205 pound point guard prospect currently playing at Trinity International Schools in Las Vegas, though he is originally from Alaska. Nix is rated as a 5-star prospect, the #14 overall recruit via 247Sports Composite rankings, and the #1 point guard prospect in the 2020 recruiting class.
The easy, and probably correct, player comparison you could make for Nix would be to a point guard that UCLA fans are intimately familiar with: Lonzo Ball. Nix is big for his position, with the body size that would be more at home among small forwards than at point guard, but he’s developed a reputation for his pure passing ability and vision. On top of that, he’s not an athletic freak, but can show it off when necessary and is known as a great defender in part because of a high basketball IQ and great instincts. Oh, and he can shoot from the outside, but his shot’s a bit streaky. All sound familiar to anyone?
Credit should absolutely be going to Coach Mick Cronin on this one. Nix was identified as a top target for the Bruins almost from the word go, and Cronin personally recruited Nix as the centerpiece of his first recruiting class. It says a lot about the job Coach Cronin has done when Nix was comfortable enough to make his decision not even 24 hours after releasing a top 5 that included Kansas, Kentucky, and Maryland. But with Nix taking his official visit to UCLA this past weekend, it seems he’s seen enough to feel comfortable with UCLA.
Here are some highlights of Daishen Nix, courtesy of Rivals:
Welcome to Westwood, Daishen!