Louisville coach Chris Mack has his first win on the recruiting trail.
According to reports, Fayetteville (N.C.) Northwood Temple Academy shooting guard Josh Nickelberry has committed to the Cardinals basketball program. The news was first reported by Rivals.com recruiting analyst Corey Evans.
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) June 1, 2018
Nickelberry, a 6’4″, 175-pounder, is considered a 4-star recruit and the No. 6 shooting guard in the country by 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is also listed on the site as the country’s No. 55 player regardless of position and the No. 3 player in the state of North Carolina.
As expected, North Carolina was one of the schools making a push to land Nickelberry, but in the end, he decided to head out of state and join Mack at Louisville. He visited the school earlier in May.
Mack had been involved with Nickelberry before replacing interim coach David Padgett at Louisville, recruiting him while at Xavier. That relationship has paid off, with the first-year man adding an initial but important piece to his first recruiting class at the helm of the program.
“I knew what he did at Xavier and they were at top five team,” Nickelberry told 247’s Evan Daniels. “I know he’s going to transfer that to Louisville, he’s at a bigger name school and he’s going to bring the same energy and the same principles and try to make everybody better. I want to be one of the guys to help him build that program.”