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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Bullis F Nigel Pruitt commits to Kennesaw State


Nigel Pruitt, left, goes up for a shot against Episcopal. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)
It took Nigel Pruitt some time to find way in high school. He spent one season at Northwest then another at Montrose Christian before finally finding a home at Bullis.

Now, after earning all-Interstate Athletic Conference honors last season and helping the Bulldogs to a 19-3 record this year, the senior forward is making plans for his next stop. On Wednesday night, he accepted a scholarship offer to play for Kennesaw State, which competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

“He’s having a monster year and he’s hidden,” Bullis Coach Bruce Kelley said recently. “Colleges are just starting to find out about him.”

Kennesaw State was the first school to offer Pruitt, who is averaging 17.9 points this season. Though he is 6 feet 6, Pruitt has what some consider an “old man’s game,” with plenty of shot fakes and clever moves to get open shots.

“I know [defenders] are going to push me,” said Pruitt, who wants to bulk up his 185-pound frame. His father, Thomas, played offensive line on the football team at Florida State. “You’ve got to know how to use your body. They try to push me out, but I can face up and hit a jump shot. My goal is to be an all-around player – rebounds, steals and I’m working on my ballhandling.”

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