NCB On The Trail: Dalton Nixon

Roundtable: Future Giant Killers 

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It was a memorable first four days of the 2014 NCAA tournament, with a combination of dramatic finishes and Cinderella stories.

Archie Miller and Dayton knocked off perennial powerhouses Ohio State and Syracuse en route to a spot in the Sweet 16, while Harvard and North Dakota State scored similar upsets on the first day of the tournament.

Perhaps the most shocking result, though, came on Friday when Mercer coach Bob Hoffman led his No. 14-seeded Bears to a hard-fought win over Mike Krzyzewski and the No. 3-seeded Duke Blue Devils.

While these programs aren’t necessarily regulars on our national recruiting page, their postseason success can be attributed, at least in part, to successful recruiting. With that in mind, we once again turned to our team of experts at RecruitingNation to ask them which programs could emerge as potential “Giant Killers” in future years based on recent recruiting efforts:

Dastrup headlines BYU's class

November, 14, 2013
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BYU head coach Dave Rose announced the signing of five student-athletes on Wednesday evening, including ESPN 100 center Payton Dastrup (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) who switched his commitment from Ohio State earlier in the day.

The Cougars also added ESPN 100 shooting guard T.J. Haws (Highland, Utah/Lone Peak), three-star small forward Dalton Nixon (Orem, Utah/Orem), two-star small forward Jake Toolson (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) and center Ryan Andrus (American Fork, Utah/American Utah).

"We are very excited about this group of signees," Rose said. "The commitments from these players mean a great deal to our staff and to our basketball program. This group is comprised of great players that will be terrific teammates. We are looking forward to the opportunity to coach each one of them."

Best of the SoCal weekend events 

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -- The Double Pump Summer Tip-Off in Anaheim and Pangos Sweet 16 in Long Beach went head-to-head this past week, and as a result there were a plethora of elite-level prospects to scope out in Southern California.

After the first evaluation period ended on Sunday, there were two guards who stood head and shoulders above the rest: Jeremy Hemsley (La Verne, Calif./Damien) and Devin Watson (San Diego/Army & Navy).

Here’s a look at all the top performers from the Double Pump Tip-Off and Pangos 16.

Devin Watson
Joel Francisco/ESPN.comDevin Watson could have the most upside of any point guard in California.
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Devin Watson (San Diego/Army & Navy)
2015, PG/SG, 6-0, 155
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Claims offers from Oregon State, UTEP, San Diego, Cal State Northridge and Northern Arizona
Watson came into the first evaluation period with the fearless competitive nature we have grown to expect from him. The undersized scoring point guard is a high-level bucket getter who can drain 3-point shots, nail mid-range pull-ups or slash his way to the rim. His Tyus Edney-like game-winning full-court layup was a thing of beauty. He is much more scorer than facilitator, but he does have the ability to drop off a nifty assist at times.

Jeremy Hemsley (La Verne, Calif./Damien)
2015, SG, 6-2, 175
Status:
Claims offers from Arizona State, UNLV, UConn, Boston College, New Mexico, San Diego State, UC Irvine and Northern Arizona
Hemsley was on the border of making the ESPN 60, but if his play continues at the level he exhibited at the Double Pump Summer Tip Off, it will be difficult to keep him out of the rankings. The all-around guard has some Jrue Holiday in him as he affects the game at both ends. He is relentless in transition and will either attack the rim or drop off a high-level assist. However, the improvement of his jump shot is what has elevated his game to national status.

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Junior SF Jake Toolson picks BYU 

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According to a report in the Deseret News, 6-foot-5 swingman Jake Toolson (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) gave BYU a verbal commitment on Tuesday night.


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BYU landed its second recruit from the 2014 class on Friday night with a verbal pledge from wing forward Dalton Nixon (Orem, Utah/Orem), according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Cougars offered Nixon in July along with Utah, Utah State and San Francisco.

"There's no place I'd rather be," he told the Tribune. "It's exactly the culture I'm looking for, and with Provo in my backyard, I just felt of all the schools, I didn't want to go anywhere but BYU."

Nixon is the son of former BYU player Kevin Nixon. He is the second 2014 recruit for the Cougars, joining shooting guard T.J. Haws (Highland, Utah/Lone Peak).

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