Prep School Guard Also A Target For WVU
Bob Huggins’ recruiting search to improve his Mountaineer backcourt of the future has taken him to the junior college ranks, where he has offers in front of Sinclair (Ohio) Community College shooting guard Sean McNeil and Collin (Texas) College combo guard Tajzmel Sherman.
In addition, West Virginia’s coaches have made the trip to the pastoral splendor of central Pennsylvania to check out a prep school 6-foot-4 combo guard, Clarence Nadolny.
A native of Paris, France, Nadolny came to the U.S. a couple years ago to improve his basketball stock.
He spent the 2017-18 school year at Our Savior New American School, which is in Centereach, N.Y., on Long Island. A private Christian school affiliated with the Lutheran Church, OSNAS not only serves PreK-12 academically, but it also has a strong basketball program that features players from around the globe, many of whom ultimately earn scholarships to U.S. colleges.
Nadolny played for Our Savior last year, averaging 10.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game against a schedule featuring some of the nation’s best prep and high school programs. He converted on 52.7 percent of his field goal attempts (59 of 112), 24.5 percent of his three-point tries (13 of 53) and 69.9 percent of his free throws (72 of 103). Playing in games as far away as Nevada and Tennessee, the Pioneers finished 14-9.
Nadolny chose to make a move his senior season, leaving urban Long Island for the unincorporated town of Scotland, Pa., which is about 30 miles south of Harrisburg right off I-81.
Clarence now attends Scotland Campus Sports, which is part of a Christian-based boarding school that attracts international students.
Scotland Campus utilizes the 185-acre, 70-building campus that previously was the home to the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children.
Founded in 1895, SSVC was the nation’s only residential school specifically designed to educate the children of military service veterans. Owned by the state of Pennsylvania, the Scotland School operated for 104 years, but in 2009, state budget cuts forced the facility to close. Before its doors were shut, the Scotland School produced a variety of notable alums, including former Mountaineer and NFL football player John Thornton.
After sitting empty for four years, the Winebrenner Theological Seminary bought the Scotland School from the state of Pennsylvania and immediate went to work renovating some of those facilities. Eventually Winebrenner turned the campus over to the group that now runs the school.
Featuring students from around the world, Scotland Campus Sports was also developed to provide a prep school experience for those who play basketball, baseball and golf.
The basketball program at Scotland Campus began in 2016 and in the three years since have been guided by coach Chris Chaney, who previously had built Laurinburg (S.C) Institute into a prep power.
Chaney is doing the same at SCS, which is currently 32-0 and rated the No. 1 postgraduate prep school in the country. Chaney has again assembled a lot of high-end college prospects, including not only Nadolny, who is averaging 17 points per game this season, but also Karim Coulibaly, a 6-foot-9 forward who recently committed to Pitt.
“I’m just very happy about how (Nadolny) has bought into our culture and bought into getting better on a daily basis. He’s transformed into not just a good player but a vocal leader on the team,” Chaney recently told ZachSmart.com. “With his playing more with changing of the speeds of the game and under control and having a high IQ of the game, he’s really flourished.”
Nadolny has said he’ll start taking his visits when his basketball season finishes next month, and will make a decision after that.