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Nolan Narain out of Hamilton, Ontario is the most skilled Canadian big, regardless of class, and he is heading to San Diego State–currently NPH #4-ranked Canadian prospect in the class of 2016.
Word is, he recently took Adidas Nations camp by storm on and off the court, a top-10 player on the court, and one of the most personable kids off the floor.
In speaking with the 6’10 forward, Narain credits his family and local coach as key influencers in his overall development as player and person…and as you see, it took a COMMUNITY to raise this child.
“My parents from a young age have always been a stone for me, especially my dad always looking out for me on the floor, watching basketball, training, and going on the internet researching how I can get stronger and better for my body type,” Narain tells North Pole Hoops.
“As I got into high school, coach Dwayne Washington [MacNab | UPlay Canada], working with him, he gave me freedom, he let me play senior as a ninth grader, start and make a lot of mistakes which made me better. He always believed in me.”
At La Lumiere in La Porte, Indiana & on the AAU circuit, Narain has been tested day in and day out against fellow bigs and has been exposed to high level competition throughout the season.
Regarding his commitment and San Diego State, Narain explains, “my relationships with the entire coaching staff is very good. I’m a big people person, I felt like not only did they want me, but they need me…I will have an opportunity to earn playing time.”
We caught up with Nolan’s father Dave, who stressed the significance of the basketball community, that has helped raise his son.
“It’s about the community, and helping kids in Canada move forward; Nolan started playing house league at 5 in ontario with Brantford CYO.”
The elder Narain would listed a plethora of entities and individuals that have played a part in his son’s growth: Blessed Sacrament, Burlington (IBSA) YAAACE, Team Ontario, Team Canada, Kyle Julius, Steve Maga, Amos Connolly.
“There have been so many people involved with getting him from point A to B.”
“Nolan truly is the kid of the village, it’s the community which has created Nolan.”