The spring singing period has become a fruitful one for Tulane basketball coach Ed Conroy.
Just two days after three-star shooting guard Kain Harris signed, the Green Wave landed a pledge from its top target: three-star small forward Kipper Nichols.
Rated as the No. 6 player in Ohio by 247Sports.com, Nichols boosts Tulane’s incoming recruiting class by 28 spots to be No. 72 nationally, per 247. That moves the Green Wave into the Top 75 of the national rankings for the first time since former coach Perry Clark had the team reaching three NCAA tournaments in the 1990s.
“Blessed, proud and excited to be able to say that I will be attending Tulane University,” Nichols tweeted late Thursday night. “Ready to go do great things down south. #RollWave.”
Nichols chose Tulane over a host of high-major offers, including Butler, Xavier, Maryland, Clemson and Xavier (Ohio). But the Cleveland-area product chose to spurn schools closer to him and with better basketball traditions to set out on his own path.
Despite having not been to campus since early September, when Tulane hoped to sign Nichols in the early period, he always maintained close relationships with the Green Wave staff, including assistant Anthony Wilkins.
Nichols averaged 18.7 points at St. Edward High School as a senior, helping lead his team to the state title game and nearly repeating as champions. He was also honored as the Division I Boys Player of the Year by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association following the season.
Both at St. Edward and on the AAU circuit, Nichols displayed an ability to score from various points on the floor, as a sharpshooter from the perimeter and a driving ball-handler cutting to the basket.
He will join an incoming class which features not only Harris but also early signees Blake Paul and Taron Oliver, along with former four-star guard and LSU transfer Malik Morgan, who sat out last year, per NCAA rules.