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JUCO transfer David Nickelberry commits to UB basketball

David Nickelberry, a 6-foot-6 wing, has committed to the University at Buffalo, he announced on social media Sunday.

"Thank you to all the coaches who have recruited me this year, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities you guys have showed me that I could possibly have at your program," Nickelberry wrote on Instagram. "With that being said, I am extremely excited to say I have committed to the University at Buffalo, New York's Powerhouse!"

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I want to start off by saying thank you Lord for giving me the abilities I have today to keep pursuing my ultimate goal. The recruiting process has been a challenge this time around, but I am beyond grateful to have been recruited by tough schools that would have only made me a better player but not only that, a better person. I want to thank my family and friends for helping me with this very difficult decision to continue my academic and athletic career. Thank you TVCC for helping me grow as a student-athlete, I am extremely grateful for all the love you have showed this year. Thank you to all the coaches who have recruited me this year, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities you guys have showed me that I could possibly have at your program. With that being said, I am extremely excited to say I have committed to the University at Buffalo, New York’s Powerhouse!⚫️🔵 BULL NATION, LETS GET IT!🐂

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Nickelberry, an Orlando, Fla., native, is the first player to commit to new UB coach Jim Whitesell.

Nickelberry, a rising junior, played his freshman season at Memphis, where he averaged 2.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He transferred when Penny Hardaway replaced Tubby Smith as the Tigers' coach following the 2017-18 season.

Nickelberry averaged 15 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.

In other recruiting news Sunday, Canisius extended an offer to SouthWestern State (Fla.) College guard Destin Barnes, according to @Verbalcommits on Twitter.

Barnes was named first-team All-Suncoast Conference as the Buccaneers went undefeated in conference play.

Barnes averaged 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, and scored in double figures 12 times. He scored a season-high 21 points against State College of Florida while making all six of his shots from beyond the 3-point line.

Canisius also extended an offer to Lewiston-Porter High School guard Roddy Gayle Jr., who is scheduled to graduate in 2022.

Gayle recently was named first-team All-Western New York by The Buffalo News after averaging 22 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists as a freshman.

Gayle was named the Niagara Frontier League Player of the Year after leading Lew-Port to its first league championship since 1984 and its first Section VI title since 1978.

Gayle is considered one of the better defenders in the area and already has multiple Division I offers.

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