Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ZACH SMARTNassir Little is no longer one of Central Florida’s best kept secrets. Known for prodigious vertical leaping ability and an adeptness at guarding a variety of positions, the 6-foot-6 210-pound wing has witnessed his high-major stock heighten this spring. Little, of Orlando Christian Prep, has emerged into one of the country’s most highly sought after recruits.
“UNC called and they seemed very intrigued about Nassir,” said Brad Augustine, program director of Little’s 1Family Hoops AAU program.
“Coach Williams will be back in July to see him. Coach Calipari got a chance to see him in Dallas. Coach (Steve) Robinson, an assistant at UNC, he watched him in Dallas and Atlanta. (Cincinnati Head Coach) Mick Cronin and (Associated Head Coach) Larry Davis have repeatedly been down to Florida over the past few months to see Nasir and his family. They see Nas as a legitimate wing scorer who can defend the 1-4, similar to Kawhi Leonard.”
Another pair of coaches in heavy pursuit of the high-flying Little have been Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton and (assistant coach) Lamont Evans. Oklahoma State has an offer on the table, impressed with the versatility and 3-point shooting ability of the hard-finishing Little. Both coaches have made the trek to Orlando on multiple occasions. They’ve been pretty adamant about Little being an instant impact guy, as Augustine explained.
Beyond his reputation as a high-motor guy who plays both sides of the court as effectively, Little is regarded as one of the most efficient threats in the country.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.