CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Jayden Nixon says his decision to play a season of post-graduate basketball goes beyond an attempt to boost his recruiting stock.
Nixon committed to a post-grad year at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut last March, during his senior year at St. Anne's-Belfield School.
"It's mainly about just getting better as a player and as a person," Nixon explained. "It's a great school. I'm taking a lot of great classes, and it will help me improve a lot as a person and also as a basketball player, doing both things at once."
A 6-3 guard, Nixon hit the 1,000-point mark as a senior with the Saints last season. As a junior, he helped STAB reach the 2016 VISAA Division II semifinals.
Nixon says he had an offer to walk on at UVA this year. In-state Division III schools like Randolph-Macon and Hampden-Sydney expressed interest, and he had a scholarship offer from Division II Millersville in Pennsylvania.
Instead, he and his family believed a post-grad year at Choate would serve Nixon best long-term.
"I feel like if I keep doing the right things, I can still have some of those options that I had last year, while getting some more this year," he said.
"So I feel like it didn't hurt."
Nixon spent a month at Choate this summer. He reported back to the school this month.
"I think I have a lot to improve, especially as a primary guard," Nixon said. "But it's just a matter of having fun. If you keep having fun, everything else fits into place."