Nix commits to UCLA, Alaska’s 1st blue blood since hoops trinity

August 20, 2019
Daishen Nix basketball

Daishen Nix

Daishen Nix, Alaska’s first five-star high school basketball recruit since Mario Chalmers in 2005, has announced where he will play in college.

One day after narrowing down his top five finalists, the nation’s No. 1-ranked point guard for the Class of 2020 has committed to the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference.

Nix, who was born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage, now lives in Las Vegas (NV) and plays for Trinity International School.

The 6-foot-5 playmaker is widely regarded as the best passer in the country with next-level court vision. His game will translate beautifully to the run-and-gun Pac-12.

Nix is the first recruit under new UCLA head coach Mick Cronin, who came to Westwood after 14 years at Cincinnati.

He has been a fixture at elite exposure events over the last few summers and also participated in a USA Basketball training camp. He is the reigning National Christian School Athletic Association Player of the Year.

Even though Nix has gone national, his roots remain strong in Alaska.

He regularly visits his home state and he will have a homecoming in January when Trinity plays in the Alaska Airlines Classic in Anchorage.

Just 24 hours ago, Nix announced his finalists as Kansas, Alabama, UCLA, Kentucky and Maryland. News of him signing with UCLA went viral and was among the top stories on espn.com.

Nix will be the 12th Alaskan to play in the Pac-12, but the first at UCLA.

Other Pac-12 players from Alaska include for men Gary Wilken (Oregon State), Jalil Abdul-Bassit (Oregon), Ray Schafer (Oregon) Devonaire Doutrive (Arizona) and Devante Doutrive (Utah) and for women Ruthy Hebard (Oregon), Natalie Jones (Arizona), Talisa Rhea (Oregon State), Azella Perryman (Stanford), Molly Tuter (Arizona State) and Alissa Pili (USC).

In recent years, many Alaskans have signed with Power 5 schools like the Doutrive brothers, Pili, Kamaka Hepa (Texas), Kwintin Williams (UConn) and Brandon Huffman (North Carolina). And Ramon Harris (Kentucky) played for a blue blood a decade ago.

But the scale of Nix’s recruitment was much larger, reminiscent of Alaska’s hoops trinity of Chalmers (Kansas), Carlos Boozer (Duke) and Trajan Langdon (Duke); the only Alaskans with NBA experience.

Not since the Big 3 has a high school player from Alaska received so much national attention on the recruiting trail.

247Sports ranks Nix as the No. 10 overall player and No. 1 point guard for the 2020 class.