Colorado State had a pleasant National Signing Day for its 2015 class, inking Prentiss Nixon, Anthony Bonner, and Nico Carvacho to NLIs over the course of the day. JUCO Preseason All-American Emmanuel Omogbo only added to the party when he signed with the Rams on Thursday night.
It was quite the versatile haul for Colorado State, and one that has the potential to make an immediate impact during the 2015-16 season. Let's take a look.
Prentiss Nixon - PG - 6'1" - 180 lbs
ESPN has Nixon rated as a four-star recruit and it isn't hard to see why. Nixon is controlled chaos on the court, boasting a fully-loaded arsenal and utilizing every last ounce of it.
At the moment, the guard's biggest strength is his ability to shoot the lights out from anywhere on the court. He is very comfortable pulling up beyond the arc and possesses a quick, accurate trigger when necessary. You can watch Nixon pulling off a variety of shots in the video below:
Move ahead to the 1:39 or 2:31 mark for a preview of his stellar athleticism. There aren't a ton of 6-foot-1 players who are capable of dunking like Nixon and, even though it won't play a major role in his success at the next level, everyone loves point guards that can dunk.
Nixon has flashy dribbling and passing abilities, but he'll have to work at both in order to be effective at the college level. His defense is also a work in progress, but his quickness and basketball IQ give reason to believe he could be a strong defender over time at Colorado State.
Anthony Bonner - G - 6'2" - 170 lbs
A Rivals three-star recruit, Bonner will be a nifty combo-guard in the future for Colorado State. He's another shooter, drilling 42 percent of his three-point attempts last year at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas.
While Bonner doesn't stand out in any specific area, he does just about everything exceptionally well. He can create his own shots from most spots on the court, create for teammates, rebound, turn on the jets, and so on. His skill set projects better for shooting guard, but he's more than capable of running the point, as well.
Bonner finished his junior season with averages of 16.1 points, 1.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game (16 games).
Nico Carvacho - F/C - 6'10" - 225 lbs
The first thing you'll notice about Carvacho is his surprising athleticism for a big man. He runs the court well and is capable of making plays on both the offensive and defensive end. And while it isn't pretty, Carvacho doesn't look terribly uncomfortable with the ball in his hands away from the basket. Heck, he can even shoot it a little, too.
The video below shows off plenty of the abilities of Fort Collins' largest Swiss Army Knife.
Carvacho averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds during his junior year at Frisco High School. He has since transferred to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas.
I'd imagine Colorado State will want Carvacho to bulk up some before getting to school, but he could possibly become a reliable contributor for the Rams in the very near future.
Emmanuel Omogbo - PF - 6'8" - 210 lbs
Colorado State did good by inking Omogbo early, because he was bound to garner more interest over time. Omogbo is freakishly athletic and figures to be an immediate contributor for Colorado State next season. Watch him dunk the living crap out of a basketball here:
The power forward averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds as a freshman at South Plains College. He held offers from several other programs, including perennial Cinderella-contender Wichita State.
Omogbo plays incredibly hard on both ends of the court, using every bit of his athleticism in the process. He's still a work in progress on the offensive end, but look for plenty of improvement in that area throughout this season.