Ford says he’s optimistic about the impact sophomore Leyton Hammonds and redshirted freshman Jeffrey Carroll can provide. And the recruiting class adds more pieces, including size that will allow Nash to slide back into a small forward role that better fits his strengths.
Once considered a possible one-and-done player after a standout high school career in Dallas, Nash struggled with inconsistency as a freshman, but steadily progressed as a sophomore and junior.
“I think he’s grown up a lot,” Ford said in March. “I just think coming out of high school, there was so much pressure and so many things to live up to. That was something he had to grow into. And maturing has helped him grow into that.
“I think all the rough times, just like it does all of us, have made him tougher. And has made him better. And he’s learned from it. So I’m proud of him.”