Junior college point guard Nash commits to Bulls
USF coach Stan Heath continues to work to upgrade the point guard position, and he's picked up a second commitment for next season, getting a pledge from Blake Nash, a 6-foot, 185-pound point guard from Williston State College in North Dakota.
"He's pretty much got the complete package," said Hunter Berg, Nash's college coach. "We had a good year because Blake was really, really good. He won a lot of games for us -- there's no way to sugarcoat that. He's quite strong, an extremely good passer, really takes care of the ball. He can shoot it, can clash, has an excellent pullup game."
Nash committed to USF during an official campus visit this weekend, choosing the Bulls over Oklahoma and Texas A&M, according to Berg. He was also recruited by Big East rivals West Virginia, Georgetown and Rutgers as well as Nebraska, and said other schools like Utah pursued him but Nash had made it clear he wanted to play in the Big 12 or Big East.
Because he redshirted his first year at Williston, Nash has three years of eligibility remaining, much the same way guard Jawanza Poland did when he came to USF. Nash is from Casa Grande, Ariz., and played high school basketball in Los Angeles. The Bulls also have a commitment from Houston prep point guard Anthony Collins, and have two point guards returning from this season in senior Anthony Crater and sophomore LaVonte Dority; senior Shedrick Haynes is transferring from the program.
Nash led Williston to a 24-9 record, averaging 22 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5 assists per game, according to Berg, and he connected on 42 percent of his 3-point attempts. USF had a strong connection at Williston through assistant coach Jeremy Cox, who coached in the same conference when he was at the North Dakota State College of Science in 1997-98.