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Four schools working hardest for Canadian point guard Andrew Nembhard
After returning to the AAU circuit this summer with his UPlay Canada team, Andrew Nembhard’s stock continues to rise.
Four schools are currently working the hardest for the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Class of 2019 Canadian point guard: Florida, Gonzaga, Michigan and Stanford.
“He likes those schools because they’re good people, they’re recruiting him the right way,” UPlay Canada coach Dwayne Washington said Monday. “The reason why those are the four schools is because he’s really looking at the academic side, that mean’s a lot to that family.”
Still, Washington said Nembhard is “wide open” to other schools like Vanderbilt and Oklahoma that are recruiting him.
Nembhard missed several months with a stomach issue that required surgery but returned to lead UPlay Canada to the quarterfinals of the Peach Invitational this past weekend in Augusta, Ga.
Nembhard has the size and poise to be a big-time college and potentially pro point guard.
“Andrew’s upside is NBA starting guard,” Washington said. “He’s way ahead of where Dennis Schroder is. He already shoots it better. He’s a legit 6-4 and defends the position.
“If he was from Florida or Texas or New York City, he’d be getting a lot more love.”
R.J. Barrett, Nembhard’s UPlay Canada and Montverde (FL) Academy teammate, did not play this week after winning a gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup. He is taking the month off and is expected to announce a potential reclassification decision later this month.
Like Barrett, Nembhard is also considering reclassifying to 2018.
“Yes, he is,” Washington said.
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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.
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