Posted On: 01/6/17 10:30 AM
Nick Rosquist, 2017 shooting guard from Tucson’s The Gregory School, is ranked as the No. 56 overall recruit from Arizona, per the Prep Hoops rankings. Out of 125 recruits ranked in the state for his class, being a top 60 player isn’t half bad. With that said and rankings aside, Rosquist’s game speaks for itself, as does the interest he’s receiving on the recruiting trail.
Rosquist tells Prep Hoops that he’s hearing from a variety of schools, a list that includes NAIA programs such as Arizona Christian, Trinity International University, Governors State University, William Penn University and “several others”. He also mentioned Colorado Mesa, University of West Alabama, Adams State, Spring Hill College and Eastern Illinois as schools that he’s hearing from. Eastern Illinois is notable on Rosquist’s list because the Panthers are a DI program.
“I’m really just focused on the location of the school, but I don’t have many preferences,” Rosquist said when asked to discuss his interest in the schools mentioned above. “I obviously just want to visit some schools and see what the best fit is for me. All of them stick out to me right now. I don’t really have any that I prefer over the other.”
There’s a reason Rosquist is hearing from so many potential options. He’s a talented at versatile shooting guard, who even at 6’0”, has what it takes to excel at the college level. He’s a pure shooter, capable of taking one dribble, stoping on a dime and throwing up a perfect shot from just about anywhere on the court. Because of his ability to shoot, he projects to be a solid fit as an off-the-ball guard, who can spot up for three when the defense collapses, or flash as an outlet pass. But Rosquist is more than just a shooter. He does have the ability to handle the ball, so he could take a turn or two at point-guard in the right system, and he’s just as willing to find an open teammate as he is to drive the lane and go up strong in traffic.
When asked to scout himself, Rosquist seemed to agree with much of our assessment.
“My strongest ability is definitely shooting the ball and scoring,” he said. “I’m a pretty consistent three-point shooter who loves to spot up and run off screens for shots. My ability to drive to the basket has also improved as well as my dribbling skills. I’ve also improved in screen-and-roll situations and in how to read the defense off of screens.”
The Gregory School star is obviously confident in his ability to score, but he brings a dose of humility to the table as well — something college coaches are sure to love.
“I’m trying to improve my physicality and my defense,” Rosquist said when asked what he’s trying to work on this season. “Also, becoming a better verbal leader for my team, so that we are a very strong team by the time the state tournament comes around.”
With his versatility as a scorer and the self-awareness to get into the gym and work on weaknesses, it’s very easy to project that Rosquist could have a very successful career at the second level. Now it just comes down to turning a few of those interests into offers.