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Rookie Review: Nickeil Alexander-Walker

By Ed Williams | September 02
Rookie Review: Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Via USAToday Sports

Nickeil Alexander-Walker was one of the best NBA prospects Virginia Tech had ever seen from the moment he stepped on campus. NAW arrived in Blacksburg as the 2nd highest ranted recruit in school history, and deservedly so.

Nickeil lived up to the hype, starting all 67 games during his two years as a Hokie. He finished his career averaging 13.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists before declaring for the draft after his sophomore year.

Most knew Nickeil would be a first round pick, but the question was how early would he be drafted? The answer came when the Brooklyn Nets selected him with the 17th overall pick, making him the first Hokie selected in the first round since Dell Curry. Nickeil was then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he joined fellow first round rookies Zion Williamson and Jaxson Hayes.

NAW's rookie year was filled with flashes of skill and potential. When on the floor, his offensive potential was easy to see. Unfortunately, on a team full of veteran guards, minutes were hard to come by. Nickeil finished his rookie campaign averaging 5.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Nickeil earned his first career start in the Pelicans' last game of the season. In 36 minutes, NAW put up a career high 29 points, to go along with seven assists. The future is bright in NOLA, don't be surprised to see NAW taking place in Rising Stars Challenge in 2021.

Ed Williams

Ed Williams

After 3 years in Blacksburg, I graduated from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2019. Before transferring to VT, I played 1 year of lacrosse at another southwest VA school, Ferrum College. While I loved the D3 life, transferring to Virginia Tech was the best decision I've ever made. I loved every second of my 3 years and I wish it lasted longer.

You'll have a hard time finding a bigger VT Hoops fan than me. Watching the 2019 men’s basketball team make a run to the sweet 16 is by far my favorite VT sports memory, and I’m excited to watch Coach Mike Young get this program back to that level on a consistent basis.

Besides Virginia Tech athletics, I am a huge D.C. sports fan. The Nationals winning the 2019 World Series is my single favorite sports memory, and quite honestly will be very hard to beat. Hopefully a Virginia Tech football or basketball National Championship will give the Nats a run for their money in the near future.

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