South Dakota didn’t need any extra time to see that Nicholas Gazelas of Jacksonville College could play at the Division I level.
In fact, after evaluating Gazelas on film and watching from a far, the coaching staff at South Dakota finally decided to pull the trigger and offer the junior college guard his first scholarship.
“I was very happy,” he said. “That is the first Division I school that has believed in me enough to offer.”
South Dakota becomes his first official offer with Cal State Bakersfield, Montana State, Western Michigan, South Carolina State, Morehead State and UNC Wilmington showing interest.
Coaches mostly like his ability to shoot, and his overall game offensively he said. For Jacksonville College, Gazelas averaged 17.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assist, while shooting 38.5-percent from three.
The 6-4 shooting guard was a consistent threat all season and that’s why coaches have been paying attention.
But, coaches shouldn’t wait much longer. Gazelas is still open but does plan on narrowing down soon.
“Definitely narrowing down my list,” he said. “Going to hold off on deciding right now because I want to take all my visits first.”
Metro State will get a visit soon, South Dakota will discuss a visit date with him at the end of March and Cal State Bakersfield has also discussed bringing him out to California for a visit.