Saturday, October 30, 2010
E. Victor Nickerson picks Charlotte
By Reggie Rankin
New Charlotte coach Alan Major has landed his first ESPNU 100 player in SF E. Victor Nickerson (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). The No. 17-ranked small forward in the 2011 class says the 49ers' staff was the difference.
"I got to know every coach on the staff and coach Major has stayed with me since I attended Elite Camp," said Nickerson, who chose the 49ers over Wichita State, Colorado, Georgia Southern and DePaul. "Coach Major sees me in the same mode of Evan Turner, a player that can do a variety of things in order to help the team win."
Nickerson brings great versatility to Charlotte's perimeter. He has great size and length at 6-foot-7, but his skill level is what makes him special. Nickerson can handle the ball, is an excellent passer and has great court vision. He can also knock down the open 3, attack off the bounce or shoot mid-range pull-ups over smaller defenders with ease.
"He can have a huge impact on the game without being our leading scorer," said Norcross coach Jesse McMillan. "He is our leader 100 percent. He does all the intangibles. Not many high school players know every position on the floor. And he has handled the recruiting in a very mature way by gathering the information that was important to him."
Nickerson, a five-year Georgia Stars playmaker, will be a true matchup nightmare in the 49ers' spread offense capitalizing on multiple ball screens and the spacing as he Nickerson makes plays for himself and his teammates. However, he must add strength to prepare for the physical play of the underrated Atlantic 10.
"I love his work ethic, but what sets him apart is his individual skill set," said Georgia Stars coach Norman Parker. "He has what it takes to become a pro in time."
The 49ers are assembling an excellent class in addition to the five-year Georgia Stars playmaker, including 6-4 local product Terrence Williams (West Mecklenburg, N.C./West Mecklenburg) and 6-9 center Mike Thorne (Fayetteville, N.C./Trinity Christian School), who will provide back-to-the-basket scoring and rebounding. Expect the 49ers to continue to be a huge factor on the recruiting trail, especially in the South and on the East Coast in the coming years.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was an All-MAC first-teamer in his senior season. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.