Nivins Changes Gears

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After entertaining thoughts of becoming the country’s second tallest baseball player, to Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, 6-9 Ahmad Nivins dropped baseball as his primary sport and recently started concentrating on basketball.

“I just picked up basketball about a year or so ago at this time and I had been playing baseball all of my life up until that time,” Nivins told ”I didn’t feel that my height was a problem because Randy Johnson and Richie Sexton play baseball and they are pretty good. I just started watching NBA games more and just started liking basketball more and I am having more fun with that now.”

The 210-pound senior Center/Forward averaged a modest 6 points and 7 rebounds a game last year coming off the bench for nationally known St. Anthony’s HS in Jersey City (NJ). Nivins expects those figures to improve this year and if the attention that he is garnering on the recruiting trail is an indication, his thoughts are not without foundation.

Nivins has five primary schools that he is looking at, with several others still in the hunt.

“St. Joseph’s, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Rhode Island are pretty much the schools that I have narrowed it to, but those aren’t really my final five,” stated Nivins, in response to which schools he was currently concentrating on the most. “Miami, Ohio State, Baylor and UMass are still not off the radar, and Clemson has offered me and Virginia Tech is showing a lot of interest in me.”

While the Hokies are not currently among the first wave of schools with Nivins, he has not completely shut the door on them.

“They (Virginia Tech) haven’t offered, but they are showing interest,” Nivins said. “I am pretty interested and I haven’t completely eliminated them, but they are on the outside looking in now.”

Nivins indicated that each of the schools among his current top five has offered him, and he is leaning in the direction of signing in the spring, rather than during the opening signing period.

“I just visited Seton Hall last week (unofficially) and I would say that the conference that gets on television the most would be my favorite, because my main goal is to make it to the NBA,” said Nivins. ”I am looking for playing time, to be able to come in and play and to find a college that will teach me on and off the court and help me learn more about the game.

“I want to be seen on television and location will be somewhat of a factor because I am sure that my parents will want to see me play.”

While a relative novice on the basketball