A scheduled quiet day for the Cornerstone University men’s basketball team got a little loud and exciting.
The Golden Eagles game today was cancelled after Marywood University dropped their athletic program before the season. But big news made its way to campus from south of Grand Rapids.
Coach Kim Elders was in attendance at Wayland High School today as the Wildcats big man, 6-foot-9 forward Carter Nyp signed to continue his academic and basketball careers at Cornerstone.
Nyp is a slender (195 lbs.) but athletic forward who should do well in the new “position-less” trend we’re seeing in today’s game. While he’s big enough to get tough down low and post up, he’ll need to add size and strength at the next level. Mostly, Nyp is a capable passer from the block.
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Get him outside and he can bury standing 3’s all day. His height helps him get his shot off over opponents. Around the bucket, Eric Shafer from PrepHoops.com chimes in, “(Nyp) has a soft touch around the rim….I’ve never seen him dunk…he relies on a solid floater game that is unguardable at his size…has a decent baby hook.”
Nyp should fit in well with the Golden Eagles and get some early playing time. Senior starters Kyle Steigenga and Michael Bradshaw graduate after this season and Elders will need to find a SF and PF to start and players to fill the bench.
Nyp’s game fits in well with the returning frontcourt players. Sam Vander Sluis is the only returning rotation big and he’s a prototypical center, playing from the low-block. Freshman point guard Christian Rodriguez is familiar with the local standout and should be able to find the incoming freshman without a problem. Riley Costen and Tyler Baker should benefit from Nyp’s ability to pass out of the post/high-post.
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