Last weekend, Arizona coach Adia Barnes and her staff picked up a verbal commitment from 5-foot-10 wing Bryce Nixon of Phoenix, Arizona. Nixon has earned a reputation as an accurate perimeter shooter and will be able to give the PAC-12 school an in-state piece who can make an immediate impact as they look to build with their 2018 scholarships. Upon making the verbal pledge to Arizona, Nixon had offers from New Mexico, Oregon State, Gonzaga, and Portland.
For Arizona, the addition of Nixon is a step in the right direction. After their first season in Tuscon, Barnes and her staff identified a need to add more perimeter shooting to their roster as and with the addition of Nixon they will do just that. Nixon’s size will allow her to get her shot off from the perimeter while also affording her the ability to play on the move and create scoring chances in the halfcourt. Defensively she gives Arizona some versatility as she can play taller players and find favorable defensive matchups while still stretching the floor for Arizona on offense.
With Nixon joining Arizona’s 2018 class the Wildcats now have two four-star recruits committed with 6-foot-1 forward Shalyse Smith being the first. The combination of Smith and Nixon will give the Pac-12 school a great jump on the 2018 class but look for them to use this momentum to keep adding as point guard and post are two areas they may choose to address.