Pallas highlights from Tesoro
Pallas highlights from Compton Magic
ARLINGTON, Texas -- UT Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross announced the signing of Nick Pallas to a national letter of intent. Pallas joins a recruiting class with Mairega Clarke and Jalen Jones for the 2015-16 season.
"We are extremely excited about adding Nick Pallas to our roster," Cross said. "We first saw him playing for Coach Etop Udo-Ema and the Compton Magic, which is one of the top AAU programs in the country. Last April, I had the opportunity to meet Coach William Middlebrooks of the Compton Magic, and he told me to come watch them play out in Duncanville.
"When I first saw Nick in the tournament, he immediately caught my eye because of his extreme skill level and great feet, which is a rarity among big men that have his size and strength. However, the thing that impressed me the most was Nick's passing ability. He will remind UT Arlington fans of Anthony Vereen, who helped lead us to our first trip to the NCAA Tournament back in 2008."
Pallas played at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., for coach Steve Garrett. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward is the only player in Tesoro history to lead the team in four categories: rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. Pallas averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals per game as a senior.
"Our staff also had the opportunity to watch Nick play for Coach Garrett at Tesoro High School, and we were extremely impressed with his production in high school," Cross said. "I really believe that Nick's best basketball is in the near future, and our staff is really looking forward to the opportunity of helping him reach his full potential.
"Coach Zak Buncik spent some extra time in California and did a great job building relationships with Nick, his family, and all of his coaches throughout our season, but my entire staff worked extremely hard and contributed in our efforts to sign Nick. I think Maverick fans will be fired up to watch Nick play next year, and I wouldn't be shocked if his nickname of 'Baby Kevin Love' catches on before the season ends."
Pallas set a numbers of school records last season, including most blocks in a season (95), most assists in a game (12) and most rebounds in a game (20). He was first-team All-CIF, MVP of Sea View League, a member of the Sea View League champions and All Orange County Top 25.
"UT Arlington is getting a very versatile big man with a very high basketball IQ," Garrett said. "On top of that he is a great person and an exceptional teammate."
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