2015 Bolingbrook (IL) High School point guard Prentiss Nixon visited the Wolverines over the weekend for the Air Force game. Nixon talks about his visit experience, his relationship with the coaching staff, a fellow recruit he bonded with, and what's next for him.
2015 Bolingbrook (IL) High School point guard Prentiss Nixon came to Michigan’s elite camp in June and took full advantage of the one on one coaching from the Wolverines staff. Saturday, the slender 6-1 PG had the opportunity to bond with some of the coaches off the court on an unofficial visit for Michigan football’s home opener against Air Force.
“They’re a real fun group of guys to be around,” Nixon told GoBlueWolverine. “They all have a different personality and that’s what makes the coaching staff special. Coach Bacari is like the hyper one out of the group. Coach Lavall, he’s like the chill guy. And Coach Beilein, he’s just a great guy to be around and will sit down and talk to you.”
"There was a relationship there from, like, the first time I met the coaches and everything, because they’re real laid back and cool,” added Nixon. “After the visit my relationship has gotten a lot stronger between them.”
Another relationship Nixon was able to forge in Ann Arbor is with fellow 2015 point guard recruit, East Chicago Central (IN) High School PG Hyron Edwards.
“We played against each other a couple times this season and we don’t really talk a lot, but when we see each other we always get together, talk, have laughs and stuff like that,” said Nixon.
“We really just talked about the campus, the visit, and Michigan in general,” Nixon added. “How it’s a great academic school, great athletic school and that it’s got to be one of the top schools to pick when we make a decision.”
While that decision is a ways off for the Illinois Wolves guard, Nixon took the time to strike up a conversation with a young man that’s made quite a few big decisions in his life: Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke.
“He was just telling me to enjoy the time now with the recruiting process and to take my time to make my decision,” said Nixon. “Try to find the right place where I want to be at.”
“It’s real cool ‘cause you sit there and watch them on TV, but in person their personality is real different,” added Nixon. “All of them are real cool guys, real laid back and chill.”
Also different in person is the campus at the University of Michigan, specifically all of the brand new or renovated athletic buildings. Even though Crisler Center isn’t ready for the Wolverines to take the floor, Nixon got a peek at it and what it might be like when Michigan runs out of the tunnel.
“I saw the new renovations they did to Crisler Arena,” said Nixon. “The weight room, the entire player development center—they put a lot of time and effort into that place.”
To sum up his experience, Nixon said, “It was great. The fan base and the coaches, its just a loving, caring environment to be in.”
June 15th—offer day—might seem far away but the Michigan coaches were very open about their interest in Nixon and what they hope to see moving forward.
“They told me that anytime I want to come back to Michigan, to just call them up,” said Nixon. “Whether it’s a football game or basketball game or anything. They said they’ll be down at some of my open gyms to watch me, and to just keep my grades good and I’ll have a chance to play at Michigan one day.”
After a positive experience with the Wolverines, Nixon will be a busy young man over the next few weeks with several unofficial visits planned.
“Purdue next weekend and Iowa the weekend after that,” said Nixon. “Then on the 12th I go to Marquette and the 13th is Indiana.”