Nicolas
Claxton
Position: C
Height/Weight: 6-10 / 217 lbs
School/Club: Georgia
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 04/17/1999

About Nicolas Claxton

Nicolas Claxton was among the most improved players in college basketball last season, emerging as a difference maker inside thanks to his combination of length and athleticism. A consensus top-200 prospect in the high school class of 2017 out of Legacy Charter School, the Greenville native played sparingly as a freshman averaging 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Competing for the Virgin Islands internationally the following summer, he picked up valuable experience competing primarily against professional players. Subsequently averaged 13  points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game under first year head coach Tom Crean, Claxton showed dramatic improvement en route to All-SEC 2nd Team honors.

Father, Charles Claxton, posted similar numbers for the Bulldogs as a member of the program in the early '90s and was selected with the 50th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft.

  • Has tremendous size for a center measured at 6’11.75 in shoes with a 7’2.5 wingspan and a lean 217-pound frame. Rangy athlete who is more fluid than explosive but has very nice agility for his size

  • Played a key role as the top scorer and rebounder on a Georgia team that spread the ball around and used a deep rotation. Did much of his best work as a finisher during his sophomore year and remains early in his offensive development. Showed some potential as a jump shooter and ability to put the ball on the floor and attack opposing centers.

Defensive Analysis

  • Intriguing defensive prospect whose efforts in the competitive portion of the NBA Draft Combine earned praise. Has an interesting combination of length and lateral speed that could serve him well as his body and game mature. Flashes some natural instincts as a shot blocker and more of it on the glass and defending away from the rim in his best moments. Tends to be more aggressive some nights than others.

  • Struggled to stay out of foul trouble last season and is still figuring out how to stay disciplined in one-on-one situations.

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 All-SEC Second Team selection by coaches.
  • Represented the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2015 Centrobasket U-17 Championships, leading his team to second-place finish with 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.8 blocks.
  • Eligible to compete for the U.S. Virgin Islands because it is the birthplace of his father. 

Sophomore (2018-19)

  • Only player to start all 32 games for Georgia.
  • Led the Bulldogs in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (8.6 rpg, 2nd in SEC), blocks (2.5 bpg, 2nd) and steals (1.1 spg).
  • Led the Bulldogs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in a game twice, doing so against Kennesaw State (Nov. 27) and Oakland (Dec. 18).
  • Became the first SEC player to accomplish that feat in multiple games since LSU’s Ben Simmons did it three times during the 2015-16 season. 

Strengths

  • Long and agile big man with a budding skill set.
  • Can play facing the basket or in the post.
  • Comfortable putting the ball on the floor.
  • Length and quickness to guard multiple positions. 

Personal

  • Father, Charles, was an All-SEC player for Georgia and was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft.
  • Charles played in three NBA games for the Bostin Celtics in 1995.
  • Nicolas and Charles are the second father-son All-SEC hoops duo from the same school, joining Vanderbilt’s Frank and Luke Kornet. 

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