Meet 2022 prospect Jeremiah Nyarko. He is a versatile forward that impacts the game in just about every category. He's continued to develop his game throughout COVID and his recruitment has been heating up as a result. If his current trajectory is any indication, expect Nyarko’s stock to keep rising throughout the season and beyond.
This week, Nyarko spent some time with Pro Insight’s Jake Lieberman to discuss the latest with his recruitment.
For the next installment of “Recruiting Roundup,” we present class of 2022 prospect Jeremiah Nyarko, originally from Ghana:
Pro Insight: What's the current breakdown of your visits, offers, and interest?
Jeremiah Nyarko: I haven’t been able to visit many schools because of the pandemic, but I have visited UCLA, San Diego State, and USC. Some of the schools that have reached out to me include USC, UCLA, San Diego State, Cal Poly, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, UC Santa Barbara, Washington State, Notre Dame, and Howard University. I have not yet heard from Illinois, North Carolina, Michigan State, Gonzaga, and The University of Texas, but would love to in the future.
PI: Which programs have you heard from the most lately?
JN: Most recently, I’ve heard from Arizona, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State, Princeton University, Cal, UC Irvine, and USC.
PI: What has been the most unique recruiting pitch you’ve heard thus far?
JN: The most unique recruiting pitch was when I spoke to some great D1 college coaches who have shared their experiences with the NBA and how they have brought up many athletes, helped better their game, and guided them to the league. I gained so much knowledge and insight from them and love when coaches share their plan for utilizing my talents at their school, as well as how they can help me become a better player and person.
PI: What's the funniest thing that's happened in a virtual visit on Zoom?
JN: One of the funniest moments that have happened on a Zoom call was when we talked about how I miss the food from my country. We also talked about how the food in Africa is fresher than the food in America.
PI: Did you have any dream schools growing up?
JN: No, growing up I never had a dream school. I just want to go to a school that will be good for me, help me develop my skills, and shape me into a great man!
PI: What kind of role do you see yourself filling at the next level?
JN: At the next level, I see myself as a leader on and off the court. I plan on bringing my athleticism, versatile skill set, and leadership with me so I can push myself and my teammates to reach our full potential. In addition, I plan on being a playmaker at the next level by bringing my versatility, feel for the game, and team-first mentality with me every time I step onto the court.
PI: If you could team up with any high school player in the country when you guys get to college, who would you pick?
JN: I would pair up with Mouhamed Lamine Mbaye. We met in the NBA Academy. We have similar goals and established a great connection during our time together. So, I would love to team up with him.
PI: What are your three main priorities when narrowing down your choices and eventually making a final decision with your recruitment?
JN: When it comes down to making my decision with recruitment there are three main things I will consider. I will pray and trust where God knows I would be best, I will prioritize the schools that I believe are best at developing me on and off the court, and I will also consider the advice of my trusted AAU coaches. My Dream Vision coaches have established a long term relationship with me, and know my game, and style of play. So, they will be a part of my decision-making process.
PI: How's your timeline looking?
JN: I am a junior in high school, so I still have a year ahead of me before I transition to the next level of my athletic career. There have been lots of obstacles lately because of the impact of the pandemic, but I just continue remaining firm in faith and pushing through. So, I will continue to trust God, work hard, strengthen my game, and I am not in a rush to make a decision.
PI: If you could sum up your recruitment process up to this point in three or four words, what would they be?
JN: Trust the process.