Posted On: 01/27/17 3:36 PM
Andrew Nembhard is showing that not only is he widely thought of as the best sophomore PG in the nation, he is one of the best point guards period, regardless of class.
Having picked up offers from Baylor, Missouri, Stanford, Michigan, Virginia, Villanova, Oklahoma and Florida, just to name a few, the 6-foot-3 sophomore spoke with me briefly after Montverde’s win over Lehigh at the MAIT on Thursday.
Prep Hoops Florida: Canadian basketball has exploded onto the scene, what’s the transition been like for you to come to Montverde?
Andrew Nembhard: I feel like I’ve transitioned well. I’m trying to get used to playing with better players around me. That’s why I came here. I want to play with guys like Leaky (Black), RJ (Barrett), Marcus (Carr), I want top play with them because when I go to college, I’m going to be playing with great guards there too.
Prep Hoops: There’s so few pass first point guards in basketball right now, what do you feel like you attribute your skill to?
Nembhard: I attribute that to my dad. He didn’t play the point guard, he played a bigger position, but he had great vision when he played and he passed it down to me, with those instincts.
Prep Hoops: What’s the biggest difference between Canadian basketball and American basketball?
Nembhard: I think it’s the size and athleticism. The first part of the season was hard for me to adjust playing with so many good players around me.
Prep Hoops: What’s it like to be surrounded by so many other Canadian basketball players at Montverde? Is there a connection there?
Nembhard: Yeah, I think so definitely. I played with Marcus first when I was 7 years old, and I played with RJ from 7th grade and on. RJ and I have a great connection because we’ve been playing together for 3 years straight on the same team during the summer.
Prep Hoops: Why did you decide to come to Montverde?
Nembhard: To learn how to play with great players around me. Coach (Kevin) Boyle is a great coach as well, he could coach Division I in my opinion. So to learn from a great coach like him. The great atmosphere here as well is awesome. The academics are good, great classmates. It pushes you to succeed.
Prep Hoops: Are there any players you watch that you model your game after?
Nembhard: I try to take things from a lot of players in the NBA. Chris Paul, great vision, he’s a leader to his team. Cory Joseph and Tyler Ennis too, who are both from Canada. Cory is a great defensive player. Tyler is very smooth with the ball.
Prep Hoops: Are those guys role models for you?
Nembhard: Yeah, definitely. I want to go where they are right now, so they’re definitely role models for sure.
Prep Hoops: You guys travel all over the nation, playing tournaments, being nationally ranked, what keeps you guys grounded?
Nembhard: I think it’s the school to be honest. We are trying to be the best team at the school. The soccer team is amazing, girls volleyball, apparently our powerlifting team is one of the best in the country. We are always fighting to be the best.
Prep Hoops: Is there friendly competition in that?
Nembhard: I think everyone just wants to be the best. Inside the school, you just want to be the best, so there is a bit of competition.
Prep Hoops: Just from being a kid and staying grounded as a top athlete, is there any music that you listen to and find some sort of connection with?
Nembhard: I listen to Drake all the time. He’s my favorite from Canada. Views, definitely is my favorite. I listen to the whole track list before each game. Never gets old. Cole too, his new project talks a lot about life and what’s going on.