The USC basketball program hosted a big target over the weekend. By big, we’re talking 7-0, 318 pound center Rozelle Nix, a Cincinnati native who attends Pensacola JC in Florida. Nix attended Saturday night’s football game, got a tour of the campus and athletic facilities and checked out the academics.
“The visit went fantastic,” he said Sunday morning before boarding a place at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. “I liked pretty much everything. The academics and the athletics, it’s pretty amazing.”
Nix spent a lot of time with Gamecock head coach Frank Martin getting to know each other and getting a feel for how he would fit in with the program.
“He said if I came there I would make a huge impact on the program,” Nix said. “My physicality and my work ethic, he said I could be ten times better if I cam here. The practice area is pretty good and the arena is pretty amazing. It’s huge. The players are a cool group of guys. They have a great atmosphere. It’s a family environment. I could see myself here but I’ve got to wait until after the season.”
Nix was scheduled to visit Pittsburgh this coming weekend but is not going to be able to make it because of his own basketball schedule. He’ll visit there during the season or afterwards. He’s also looking at Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia for possible visits, and he’s had VCU and his hometown school Xavier come into the picture of late. Right now, USC, Loyola and Pittsburgh top his list with the Gamecocks and Marymount tied at the top.
Nix is expecting USC assistant coach Matt Figger to watch him this weekend as his team plays in a junior college scrimmage in Tallahassee.