Nassir Little is an elite student-athlete currently attending Oakleaf High School in metropolitan Jacksonville. Nassir is one of the most coveted high school prospects in the entire country, currently ranked the #50 player in the country for the class of 2018 per ESPN. The 6’6 wing is a lengthy and versatile player with the skill set to handle the ball on the perimeter, create easy looks for teammates, knock down perimeter jumpshots, and finish at the rim in electrifying fashion. There has been no shortage of suitors on the recruiting front, where Nassir has become a priority to programs across the country seeking a prototype wing with a unique blend of size, skill, and athleticism that gives Nassir the potential to be an elite two-way player at the next level. Best known for highlight reel dunks above the rim, Nassir is also an honor-roll student at Oakleaf High School holding down a 4.27 GPA.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Spring so far, you’ve turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for Showtime as a team and for you individually?
NL: On the circuit we haven’t been playing well because of a lack of experience, but individually I’ve noticed the improvement in my skill.
2018 Nassir Little is dominating to start #PangosAACamp
Scoring on all 3 levels showing difficult shot making ability and high motor gm
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) June 4, 2016
2018 Showtime Hoops SF Nassir Little putting on a show in the first half. Mixing up mid-range jumpers with explosive finishes #PlayForMore
— Brian Flinn (@F150Bflinn) April 16, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
NL: I’m a versatile wing that likes to slash to the basket and finish at the rim and get to the line. I also shoot the mid range very well and can knock down 3s. Also a high level defender and rebounder.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
NL: During the off season I usually workout 5 days a week, and on my off day I’ll just shoot around and play pick up for fun.
Halloran had 15 points in the loss, Nassir Little led Hoops with 18.
— Prep Hoops Florida (@prephoopsfl) May 21, 2016
2018 Nassir Little (Fl.) just threw down a big-time oop. Also showed a mid-range J. Strong, quick, aggressive and athletic. #PlayForMore
— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) April 16, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
NL: My favorite subject right now is physics
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
NL: In college I want to major in biology because I like that type of science.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
NL: I like to play video games at times and hangout with friends. I also play the piano fluently
— David Schneider (@DSchneiderDC) May 26, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
NL: Florida, FSU, George Washington, USC, Louisville, Stetson, UCF, Miami, UNF, Georgia, FGCU, Virginia, Georgia Tech, VCU
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
NL: Duke, UCLA, Cal, Alabama, Arizona, UNC, Kansas, LSU, OSU, Georgetown, UConn, Missouri, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Maryland, Creighton, Murray State
EM: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?
NL: I’d say FSU, UF, Southen Cal, Virginia, and Georgia Tech have been pushing the hardest lately.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
NL: Going to Louisville on June 24th and and Georgia Tech and UGA soon too
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
NL: Most colleges have great academics so that’s not a huge problem. Mainly if it’s a winning program, if I’ll be able to play coming in as a freshman, and the style of play.
Showtime Hoops has an athletic 2018 SF with a high upside in Nassir Little. 6-6, long arms and scored inside and out.
— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) April 16, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
NL: To make it to the NBA is my main goal.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
NL: I feel like a lot of people are afraid to fail in life. But failure is essential to success because it teaches you lessons that you might not learn with just succeeding. Being a top player, I’ve had bad games, missed game winning shots, made crucial turnovers, but I learn from those moments and they’ve made me a better player. Also, try to be different and set yourself apart from others whether it is basketball or anything.
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