Freshman Tyler Nickel will be looking to make an impact on the UNC basketball program during his first year on campus.
College basketball fans across the country know that North Carolina is bringing home a large number of players returning from last year’s team that went all the way to the national title game. What many people outside of Chapel Hill don’t realize is that the UNC basketball program also brings in a deep and talented classroom for freshmen.
One of the main members of this recruiting class is Tyler Nickel. The Elkton, Virginia native was a four-star enlisted and is classified as a The total probability is eighty in the class of 2022.
What kind of impact will a nickel have in his first season as heel tar? Find out below while playing the Player Preview series.
high school career
While he may not be the highest-rated recruit in the Carolina Freshman class, Tyler Nickel had the most career in high school. The 6-foot-7 striker ended his career as the highest-point player ever in basketball history at Virginia High School.
Nickel averaged 35 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists during his first season, and was voted as a first-team player across the state for his four years in high school.
While there are some concerns about the competition he faced in high school, Nickel has proven to be a scorer who can shoot the ball from the outside, a valuable skill at the college level.
What do you expect in 2022-2023
UNC has loaded into the pavilion site this year, which will make it difficult for Nickel to earn ground minutes. With Caleb Love and Leaky Black practically locked into starting roles as the shooting guard and little forward, it looks like any impact Nickel will have will come off the bench.
Junior Buff Johnson expects to be Carolina’s “sixth man” as he will likely split time between playing the three and the four “stretch” pose, and behind him is a variety of wingers that bring different skill sets to the game.
Dontrez Styles is one of the sportiest players on the roster, while Justin McKoy provides a defensive presence, and D’Marco Dunn could see important minutes as well. Fortunately for Nickel, he’s doing something very important on a higher level than any of these three players.
A man can shoot a basketball. Look for Nickel to be one of Davis’ best options off the bench in games where Carolina struggles to put the ball in the basket or needs to stretch the defense to give Armando Bacot space to control the post.
While Nickel will likely play a much larger role on the teams later in his Tar Heel career, his ability to score will give him a chance to make a significant impact on this year’s team.
My bold expectation for Nickel is that he will be part of the team’s rotation in March. I think Hubert Davis will use different players off the bench in matches depending on what is required, given their different skill sets.
With Nickel’s scoring prowess, it would be very tempting to put him in the game any time a beginner is struggling with an outsider. I think if he can improve his defense, his ability to shoot the ball will make him someone Tar Heel fans want to see in the game as an offensive support off the bench.
I also wouldn’t be shocked if Nickel puts in an outstanding performance late in the season in a very meaningful match. Besides the ability to shoot the ball, confidence is something every team needs at tournament time. Nickel checks both boxes clearly.
Check out our previously released 2022-2023 UNC basketball player previews below: