Oakleaf (Orange Park, FL) rising junior guard/forward Nassir Little made basketball a primary focus in the seventh grade.
“I had just started playing,” recalled Little, who tried football when he was younger but admitted it wasn’t his sport. “I was just watching the greats playing in the NBA and in college basketball at the time. I told myself, ‘I’m going to make it.’”
The decision was a wise one. The 6’6”, 210-pound wing, who averaged 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals per game last season as a sophomore, has become a high-major Division 1 basketball recruit. As of June 15, you can count Virginia among the schools that have offered.
“It was one of those kinds of moments where you can’t really believe it,” Little said, recalling the conversation he and coach Bennett had the day he was offered. “It was a long conversation. I don’t remember everything. He was asking how it was to live in Virginia (Little lived in Richmond until he was six). He was comparing me to some of the other players in his program.”
Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Louisville, Southern Cal, Stanford, and now Virginia Tech are among the other high-major offers Little possesses. California, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Southern Cal, and UCLA are among the schools he has visited. In particular he has been a frequent visitor to the University of Florida, which some feel is the favorite right now.
“Florida, they are 45 minutes from me. It’s so close. At one point rumors were going around that I was committing because I was taking a lot of visits,” Little said.
Little didn’t commit, though, and is interested in visiting other schools with UVA being high on that list. Had he received an invite to last month’s NBPA Top 100 Camp, he says he would have toured UVA’s Grounds following the event’s conclusion. Still, even though the invite did not come, a trip to Charlottesville is in the works.
“I have to find time with my parents, so I’m not sure about the date,” Little said.
Asked why he wants to give Virginia a closer look, Little said: “I want to visit because it’s a program I really like. I actually used to live in Virginia, so I’m familiar with the area a little bit. I like the recent success they’ve had.”
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