BYU has offered 4-star Nikolas Khamenia

Kevin Young offered 3 prospects yesterday, including another top-50 prospect.
Khamenia insists to his coach that he wants to stay in the game
Khamenia insists to his coach that he wants to stay in the game / Sam Ballesteros/The Republic / USA TODAY

Kevin Young is working so fast, I'm getting dizzy.

Another highly-rated recruit has been added to BYU's most-wanted list. Nikolas Khamenia from Studio City, CA announced yesterday via X that he'd received an offer from BYU.

Khamenia stands at 6'8" and 215 lbs. He's a lean forward with a mean face-up offensive game. His base of operations is midrange and beyond. He has a smooth jump shot with a high release point that looks perfectly suited to translate to the college game.

He loves to size up defenders from just inside the 3-point arc and prod with an array of head fakes and jab steps before pulling up and knocking down jumpers with ease. He doesn't need much space to get a shot off and looks more than comfortable pulling up with a hand in his face. His face-up game is reminiscent of Noah Hartsock in the 2011-12 season: every jump shot feels like a death blow for any opposing defense.

While he does a lot of work from the midrange, his 3-ball is a sight to behold. With a feathery-soft touch off the release, his shots land softly on the rim and always seem to be falling.

He also shows flashes of impressive playmaking ability and loves to hit his teammates with flashy passes, though usually when making the clear read. I'd like to see him work on his passing vision and work on keeping his head up on drives. With his clever use of jabs and fakes, it's not hard to see a version of Khamenia that operates as a scoring threat that sucks in the defense, leaving his teammates open for Khamenia to hit for open looks.

Khamenia isn't afraid to get into the teeth of the defense and seems comfortable with a live dribble. For his interior game to improve, he'll need to get stronger as bigger defenders in college basketball may have their way with him in the paint, and force him to play a conservative game on the next level.

He has good defensive instincts and his long arms clog up passing lanes and bothers shooters. I'm curious to see what he can do on the next level.

Khamenia is the 3rd player on BYU's radar that is currently rated in the top 50 of the 2025 class. Historically, the Cougars have been forced to find "diamond in the rough" types of prospects; players that aren't on any top programs' radars but show promise of developing into a solid contributor after a few seasons. Kevin Young is making a point with these scholarship offers that BYU isn't looking for power conference table scraps--his program is looking to bring on top-level talent.

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