Nigel Pruitt | #1 | 6’7” | 180 | Freshman | Forward | Bullis School | Potomac MDFollow @KSUOwlHowl
Nigel Pruitt is a 6’7″ 180 pound small forward who comes to KSU from the Bullis School in Potomac MD. He was recruited by Clemson, Maryland, Tennessee, Mississippi St, George Mason, Siena, Boston College, Loyola (MD), Manhattan, Radford, Fairfield, Rider, Marist and UNC Greensboro.
He is a bit of a late bloomer, and is young for a freshman as he doesn’t turn 18 until October.
Here are some snippets from a February article in the Washington Post by Josh Barr: “He’s having a monster year and he’s hidden,” Bullis Coach Bruce Kelley said recently. “Colleges are just starting to find out about him.”
“Though he is 6 feet 6, Pruitt has what some consider an “old man’s game,” with plenty of shot fakes and clever moves to get open shots.”
“I know [defenders] are going to push me,” said Pruitt, who wants to bulk up his 185-pound frame. His father, Thomas, played offensive line on the football team at Florida State. “You’ve got to know how to use your body. They try to push me out, but I can face up and hit a jump shot. My goal is to be an all-around player – rebounds, steals and I’m working on my ball handling.”
The following quotes are from the official KSU press release for Pruitt’s signing
Coach Kelley: “Nigel is a rarity for basketball in our area, in that he’s actually young for his graduating class, so he has yet to hit his stride, but Kennesaw State’s coaching staff saw his potential. He’s going to get nothing but better at the collegiate level, he’s long, he’s skilled, and in two years people are going to be asking how Kennesaw State got him.”
Coach Lewis Preston: “Nigel Pruitt has the ability to score at all three levels, whether it’s with his back to the basket, shooting from mid-range or from long distance. He has really developed his all-around game and will really be a great asset to our program with his size and his ability to shoot the ball.
For his thoughts on committing to KSU, we found a three minute interview from the Washington Post about his recruitment
Here are his major recruiting profiles
Pruitt really came on strong his senior season by averaging 17.5 points per game while shooting 75% from the free throw line, and led his team to winning the IAC Championship Game by beating Georgetown Prep 66-62.
Similar to Cole Hobbs, a lot of Pruitt’s success will depend on how well he is shooting the ball, and how well he can handle stronger players on both ends.
During his freshman year he will likely be playing a small role off of the bench, or possibly redshirting due to his age and potential.
Pruitt is a very long forward who has a lot of talent that just needs time to blossom. He has the ability to make difficult shots around the basket from all sorts of angles.
He needs to get a lot stronger and improve his quickness and explosion. He should be a huge asset for Kennesaw State in future seasons, but this year he just needs to hold his own and knock down open shots.
Strengths: Pruitt has good size and exceptionally long arms. He’s very active defensively and consequently effective both on and off the ball. He’s got some versatility to him offensively as well. He runs the lane with long fluid strides in transition, utilizes his length to attack the basket, and also has a clean stroke from the three-point line and in.
Weaknesses: Pruitt is young for his age and needs to continue accumulating more experience against high levels of competition. He also needs to concentrate on adding some muscle mass to his frame so that he can play through contact with more consistency. Offensively, the release on his jumper can be a tad slow at times and he could polish up his overall handle.
Bottom Line: Pruitt’s length and versatility makes him a very intriguing prospect with excellent potential down the road.
Pruitt is a smart player with a very high ceiling so it wouldn’t surprise us in the slightest if he proved us wrong and made some nice contributions this year just as Delbert Love did last season. He is a positive person and a leader, but as a freshman he must know his role and accept his place on the team.Follow @KSUOwlHowl