Posted On: 11/22/18 12:00 PM

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After spending his offseason traveling the Midwest and playing top talent, 5-foot-10 point guard Kieren Nichols is ready to embark on his sophomore season with Knoxville.

As the season unfolds, Nichols could see himself emerge as one of the Class 3A’s best scoring and assisting sophomores.  

“I think my greatest strength is passing and vision and then scoring in the lane, so floaters and mid-range,” said Nichols. “And I can shoot it as well.”

As he continues to develop defensively, his game will continue to be noticed.

“I need to work on getting up my shot quicker and also my athleticism. Also my defense, my defense is kind of lacking,” said Nichols.

With Kingdom Hoops 15U this offseason, he was apart of one of the state’s most talented teams. He was a primary distributor for that squad, and often had a pretty floater game on display.

“I controlled the ball a lot and we had really good shooters and scorers on our team. I scored when I had to, but I spent a lot of time sharing the ball and just dishing it, pretty much doing what I could do to help the team,” said Nichols.

Now, he’s just a few days removed from his sophomore season with Knoxville. He’s the leading returning scorer for the Panthers this season.

“This year, I’ll have to be a lot more of a leader on both sides of the floor. Me and RJ (Roberts) will have to make a big impact scoring the ball, and make a big impact on defense,” said Nichols, who laid out his goals for the next year.

“The next few months, I’m hoping to improve my game and go into the summer and work on my craft. I’m hoping to pick up some interest and some offers from wherever I can, in-state or local, or out-of-state colleges.”

Kieren Nichols is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 50 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2021 class, click here.