Hubert Davis has done it again: this afternoon, four-star 2022 small forward Tyler Nickel announced that he will play for the North Carolina Tar Heels next season. This announcement is coming off of the heels of his official visit this past weekend, which has become a trend in both Carolina football and basketball. Nickel was supposed to make an official visit to Iowa this coming weekend, but it looks like Hubert Davis and his staff did just enough to keep that from happening.
Nickel is a 6’8 small forward that currently plays for East Rockingham High School in Elkton, VA. He is the 22nd-best small forward in the country, and is the 80th-best player in the country. During his junior season at East Rockingham, Nickel averaged 33.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game and led his team to the state championship game, where they finished as the runner-up.
247Sports recruiting expert Jerry Meyer’s scouting report describes Tyler Nickel as a strong player with a really good shooting touch. He is a guy that can post up on players and knock down fade away jumpers, and he also can be physical/aggressive, which makes up for the fact that he isn’t the most explosive player. He’s been working to extend his shooting range, which isn’t shocking as he has been vocal about his aspirations to get into the NBA at some point. More than likely Hubert Davis and his staff is going to have to work a lot with Nickel on his defense, as that is the bigger weakness in his game.
Overall, Hubert Davis landed a really good wing that fits perfectly with the team’s new look. Nickel joins Jalen Washington, Seth Trimble, and Will Shaver in UNC’s 2022 class, and there are bound to be more commitments in the near and/or distant future.
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