Posted On: 06/27/18 12:53 AM

According to the Tennessee Panthers AAU Head Coach, unsigned ’18 forward Chris Nix is currently on an official visit Northern Colorado.

Believe it or not University of Northern Colorado is a Division I program, ascending to the top flight in 2006.  They compete in the Big Sky Conference alongside Montana, Idaho State, Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington, Portland State, Weber State, etc.

Though their path rarely crosses with Tennessee prospects the program is enjoying a nice climb in notoriety.

Northern Colorado Head Coach Jeff Linder enters his third season with an emboldened fanbase.  Coming off a 26-win season and a CIT Championship will do that for a people.

After assistant coaching jobs at Weber State, San Francisco, and Boise State, the Colorado-native Linder was named the 19th head coach in Northern Colorado history on May 1, 2016.

In year two (2017-2018), UNC won a staggering 26 wins.  In year one Coach Linder won just 11 games.  With 15 more wins in that magical second season Coach Linder secured his job in Greeley, Colorado.  Now he must reload with a powerful recruiting class.

The Fit

May seventh Tre’Shon Jones-Smoots joined the 2018 class of Bodie HumeSam MastenCole Bergan, and Roy Grigsby.  Then Coach Linder’s staff added transfer shooter Trent Harris.  Much of the roster is being replaced and the Bears actually have more scholarships open.

Why Chris Nix?

At 6-foot-8+ Chris Nix is an active offensive rebounder.  He is difficult to keep away from the rim with typical box outs because he is very thin, quick, and relentless.  Nix recorded 20+ rebounds multiple times in his senior season at Hillwood High.  Nix needs to add some muscle, but he has the motor and length to be productive in the college frontcourt.

Will Chris Nix pick Northern Colorado?

Morgan State and Presbyterian were involved with Chris Nix and Quay Kennedy as a package deal back in late April early May.  Quay Kennedy signed with Lee University and Chris Nix is still looking for a college home.

Very few 2018 prospects are still available.  The players that didn’t find what they wanted either relcassed to 2019 or selected prep schools, some junior colleges.  Keep in mind college programs have been practicing and off-season training this month.  By signing this late Chris will be a little behind.  Still, he is in pursuit of a dream scholarship.  Just try to keep him away from the goal.

Next Steps

Chris Nix is not sold on any one school.  He is looking for a place to thrive, not just go.

“I’ve visited MTSU and UNC-Greensboro,” shared Chris Nix Tuesday.

Middle Tennessee has a brand new coaching staff after Kermit Davis accepted an SEC job with Ole Miss.  Which schools of Middle Tennessee, UNCG and Northern Colorado does Chris Nix like the best?

“I think MT will be my best option,” said Nix.  “If not the I’m going to Tennessee Prep.”