The Iowa basketball program has been conducting virtual visits with prospects during the COVID-19 pandemic dead period. It recently walked New York City wing Daniel Nixon through the on-line experience.
“The virtual visit was very interesting. I liked it a lot,” he told HN. “I loved the facilities and the whole campus that was displayed, in general.”
Nixon’s recruitment was slowed last year when he suffered an injury that knocked him out of the Peach Jam AAU event. He’d been running with Team Durant.
He popped back on the radar this past season with a strong campaign for The Hill School, a prep academy in Pottstown, PA. Georgetown, Penn State, Temple, Seton Hall and others offered scholarships.
Programs continue connecting with Nixon, who has transferred to Winston-Salem (NC) Christian. Iowa is among the ones getting to know him.
“I’ve been speaking to (assistant) coach (Billy) Taylor every other day, so far. He does a good job checking on me,” Nixon said.
Taylor and fellow assistant Courtney Eldridge played host to Nixon (6-7, 210) on his virtual visit.
“They talked to me about how they see me fitting in the program and provided overall knowledge of the program. They really love my game a lot and feel I can make an impact for them,” Nixon said.
The campus, team culture, program reputation and facilities stood out to him. He found out what it would take for him to receive a Hawkeye offer and liked what he heard.
“They want to build a relationship with me because that’s the type of program they are. When they’re recruiting players and when they offer, they want it to mean a lot because of the relationship they built, overall. That’s something I really like because it shows about the care and love they have for me,” Nixon said.
Nixon projects on the wing at the next level. He boasts strong perimeter skills.
“(The Hawkeyes) feel I’m the type of player they need because of my scoring abilities, versatility and the competitor I am on both ends of the floor,” he said.
Nixon believes he fits well at Iowa.
“I honestly have a lot of love for the program. I’m honestly just blessed because I consider them a really good, well-rounded program,” he said.
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— Daniel Nixon (@Showtime_dj23) May 21, 2020