Q&A with 2020 Five Star Guard and UCLA Commit Daishen Nix - His thoughts heading into his final high school season
Five-star guard headed to UCLA next year, Daishen Nix sits down with HG Insider's Pat Lawless. Last weekend, the Alaska native traveled with Trinity International from his new home in Vegas to Neptune, New Jersey for Hoop Group's Fall High School Showcase. Daishen Nix speaks on his experience and challenges playing against East Coast talent, his senior year at Trinity International, commitment to UCLA and advise for players still under the radar.
Q: You are back for your third year of Fall High School Showcase. What has this experience been like for you?
A: It's difficult because coming from the west coast to the east coast the play style is different, the refs are different. Everybody knows about the refs (laughs). Just the play style is different from the east coast to the west coast.
Q: What do you look forward to at an event like this. You get to play guys that you would never see on the west coast so what is exciting about that?
A: Just seeing the way they play and the way I play, like what is the difference. Taking tools that they have and what they do from the east coast to the west coast with me.
Q: You committed to UCLA in September. What is it like having your commitment out of the way and being able to focus on the high school season?
A: Committing already, now I can just just focus on school and my season pretty much. I don’t have to worry about college coaches calling me.
Q: What is it like looking forward to being an UCLA Bruin?
A: I am ready to go. I am ready to be done with high school. I am ready for college.
Q: Describe your game little. You are really good off the bounce, you are very crafty and cerebral out there. What is your approach when you take the court?
A: Just seeing how the other team reacts to my passes and my moves, what I do and try to counter that.
Q: What are some of your expectations and goals for the season?
A: To win everything pretty much and to go farther.
Q: What is something we don’t know about Daishen Nix, whether it’s on the court or off?
A: I play Fortnite a lot (laughs). I play Fortnite, I watch Fortnite. If you catch me not doing my thing I am probably watching Fortnite.
Q: You come from humble beginnings, Alaska. Let’s talk about that journey from growing up there to you know being a very well known prospect. What has the transition been like for you?
A: Its been a great experience. I came to Vegas because my Middle School coach in Alaska knew the Trinity head coach so he put me in with Coach Lock. I came in at like 14. I didn’t know anything. I had never been to high school but going to Trinity made it a fun experience.
Q: You had to persevere and stay focused because a lot of guys had some more hype early on. What is some advice for guys who are looking for a little more exposure or are under the radar?
A: Be humble. Don’t worry about the rankings or social media. Social media will come. Don’t worry about the followers. Just be humble, listen to your coach and be coachable.