If Reed Nikko has an idea what college he might attend, he’s certainly good at hiding it. The Class of 2016 Minnesota big man would make a heck of a poker player in that regard.
Recruiting folks and many of those who follow prospecting believe Nikko’s process essentially ended when the home-state Golden Gophers offered him a scholarship earlier this month. So, do they have the edge?
"Not really. I’m trying to not concern myself with my recruitment right now and instead just focus on playing well to finish out July," the 6-foot-9, 235-pounder from Maple Grove High said.
Nikko adds that he’s not favoring any programs at this time. That word is good news for schools like Iowa and Missouri, who also have offered him a scholarship.
"Right now, I’m just trying to play the best basketball I can and finish out the summer strong and then I’ll go from there with my recruitment," Nikko said.
Nikko runs with Net Gain Sports on the Under Armour Association circuit. He leads the squad with 4.3 rebounds a game to go along with 5.4 points.
"I’d say defense is for sure my biggest strength. I think my offense is still developing. I specifically want to work on continuing to work on my back-to-the- basket and face-up games," he said.
Missouri became the first high major to offer Nikko a scholarship when the Tigers came forward in early May. Minnesota jumped in on July 10 and Iowa followed on July 13.
"(The Hawkeyes) had talked to my AAU coach for a while but they started contacting me probably a month or so before they offered," he said.
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery extended the opportunity to Nikko.
"He said that they need post players and he liked my style of play and thought that I had a good motor," Nikko said. "The little bit I spoke to him he seemed like a great coach and I really liked him."
Nikko said he hopes to learn more about the Hawkeye program when he turns his focus to recruiting after the July evaluation period.
"I don’t know much about it but I know I would bring a hard work ethic, regardless," he said.
A few things stand out to Nikko as being essential to him when choosing a college.
"Education will be most important and also having a good relationship with the staff. I’m not sure what I want to study yet," he said.