Huggins Pursues Big-Time Talent

Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers coaching staff has shown heavy interest in Tyler Nickel for years and today, they officially offered the talented forward from Elkton, Virginia.

Nickel, a 6’8 forward, is a four star player according to 247 Composite and is currently the #2 ranked player in the state of Virginia and the 69th ranked prospect in the entire country in the 2022 class.

Nickel finished last season with 1,464 points in his high school career, which is the most in Virginia history through a sophomore season.

When asked to describe his game, Nickel said, “I’m primarily a two or a three. I create my own shot and make plays off the bounce. I can score from anywhere on the floor and go coast-to-coast off a rebound often. I also guard multiple positions comfortably.”

Nickel’s recruitment is heating up with a list list of scholarship offers.  “My recruitment is still very much open and I’m just looking for the best fit for me”, Nickel said. “I’ll start cutting my list at the end of this upcoming spring and then make a decision next fall.  My offers include Richmond, Virginia Tech, LSU, Clemson, Wake Forest, NC State, Iowa, Indiana and West Virginia.”

With several players potentially leaving West Virginia after next season – including Malik Curry, Taz Sherman, Pauly Paulicap, Gabe Osabuohien, as well as Sean McNeil and Miles “Deuce” McBride if they return for the upcoming season – the Mountaineers will have several scholarships available and a young scorer like Tyler Nickel is the type of player that Bob Huggins and staff could rebuild a team around.

Check out his incredible highlights below: