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.
Andrew Nembhard, the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Canadian point guard from UPlay Canada and Montverde (FL) Academy, has reclassified to 2018 from 2019.
Nembhard joins an elite group of Class of 2018 point guards from the U.S. that includes Immanuel Quickley, Darius Garland, Tre Jones and Jahvon Quinerly.
Florida, Gonzaga, Michigan and Stanford are among the schools working hardest for Nembhard.
“He likes those schools because they’re good people, they’re recruiting him the right way,” UPlay Canada coach Dwayne Washington said recently. “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 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, is also expected to announce his reclassification plans soon. He is working out in Las Vegas after leading Canada to a gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, 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.