ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross announced the addition of Trophy Club native Nils Huizenga to the highly-successful Mavericks men's basketball program.
Huizenga, a 6-7 forward who will graduate next month from Byron Nelson High School, averaged 8 points and 9 rebounds as a senior and earned second team all-district 5-6A honors for head coach Scott Curran. He is a two-time academic all-district selection and played AAU basketball last summer for 3D Empire.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Nils Huizenga to our basketball program," said Cross. "Nils caught my eye last July in Las Vegas, with his grit and toughness. He played extremely hard, so I immediately envisioned him developing into a similar type player as Jorge Bilbao over the course of his career.
"During AAU last summer, he competed favorably against some of the best post players in the country. Nils is a tough defender that works very hard to obtain position in the post on both ends of the floor and is a very good passer. He sets great screens on offense and should fit in extremely well in our pick and roll offense. I look forward to helping him grow and develop into a great basketball player over the course of his career."
Huizenga is the fifth newcomer (along with signees David Azore, Pedro Castro, Tim Holland and Davion Turner) for the UTA men's basketball program, which has averaged more than 25 wins over the last two seasons, won the 2017 Sun Belt Conference title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. This season, the Mavericks posted their highest-ever final NCAA ratings percentage index (RPI) and set the program's single season scoring record.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2017 graduate of Byron Nelson High School School ... coached by Scott Curran ... averaged 8 points, 9 rebounds as a senior ... earned second team all-district 5-6A honors as a senior .. played AAU basketball for 3D Empire ... coached by Shawn Ward.
"Nils was an absolute pleasure to coach. You never have to worry about him being ready to play. He likes to do the dirty work. He is a tremendous rebounder and plays with pride and passion. Nils has a huge upside and is only going to get better." -- Byron Nelson High School Coach Scott Curran.
" Michael Jordan said it best, 'some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.' Nils is that guy. He makes it happen. UTA fans can look forward to one of the toughest and most hard working players I've been around in the past 20 years. Nils works so hard, it's unreal, it's like he's a machine. I have never had to motivate him one time." -- 3D Empire Coach Shawn Ward.
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