Nickeil Alexander-Walker is an elite student-athlete currently attending Hamilton Heights Christian Academy. The 6’6 combo-guard is one of the most versatile players in the nation, currently ranked the #1 player in Canada for the class of 2017 per North Pole Hoops and the #75 player in the USA per Scout. Playing for Canada Elite on the AAU circuit, Nickeil Alexander-Walker will help continue the rise of elite Canadian basketball prospects with his blend of length, vision, and shooting/slashing.
I. HIGH SCHOOL SEASON & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: The High School season with Hamilton Heights Christian Academy ended with a #1 ranking in the state of Tennessee and serious consideration for the Dick’s National Tournament– can you tell us a bit about how things went for the team and for you individually?
NA-W: I would say it went better than expected. We went from a small Christian school in Chattanooga, Tennessee to a national power house. Individually, I learned how to be more efficient, and I was able to use the exposure from winning to put myself on the map nationally.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar and whether you see yourself as a lead guard or wing?
NA-W: I am a 6’6 combo guard that gets after it on both sides on the floor, who is always communicating on the court with teammates, a good shooter, smooth scorer and a willing unselfish passer.
EM: How often do you work on your game and what aspects do you emphasize?
NA-W: My goal is to get better everyday. I try to focus on improving my in-game decision making by watching a lot of ball and film, along with polishing up my shot, handles, and finishing above the rim.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker looks like one of the best long-term prospects here. 6-5 PG, 6-9 wingspan. Creative, ambidextrous. Capable shooter.
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) April 10, 2016
Impressive game by 2017 Canada Elite CG Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Good size at 6-5, long arms, can shoot and has outstanding vision.
— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) April 15, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
NA-W: My favorite subject is math, Algebra 2 to be specific, but I love math overall.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
NA-W: I plan to major in either Kinesiology or a business major.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
NA-W: I like to watch life documentaries as motivation and constant reminders that I’m blessed and to stay humble.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
NA-W: I’ve narrowed down my list to Virginia Tech, Maryland and USC out of all my offers.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
NA-W: I have received interest from Arizona and Purdue.
EM: Any visits lined up in the near future?
NA-W: I plan on visiting Maryland and Virginia Tech.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
DW: The factors that are important to me and my family are the coaching staff, the campus atmosphere, and education.
EM: Can we talk about AAU and your Canada Elite club, how did it go this past weekend in New York for the Under Armour circuit? Are you excited for the challenge of playing on the national scene?
NA-W: Not the greatest, we went 1-3 but we’ve made some changes and things are looking up from here. I’m extremely excited because its a chance to go up against the top player in the country and prove myself.
EM: Recently you participated in the BioSteel All Canadian Game in your home province Ontario, can you tell us a little about that and Canada’s recent emergence on the global basketball map?
NA-W: It’s a tremendous honor to be a part of something big in Canada basketball and help put my country on a big stage that proves we can hang with America. Its good to be a part of something that opens door for young Canadians who play basketball.
BioSteel All-Canadian 3-point shootout. Nickeil Alexander-Walker. pic.twitter.com/5PLLJbRzEL
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) April 11, 2016
V. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
NA-W: On the court, I wanna use my God-given talent and make something out of it. Off the court, I want to embody what a Christian athlete looks like.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
NA-W: If I were to give advice, I would tell the youth of today to stay focused, humbled, and dont be afraid to be your own person because the people who become the best have to make sacrifices in life.
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