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Analyzing 6 key teams in the mix for 4-star class of 2025 forward Nikolas Khamenia

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One of the best class of 2025 NCAA Basketball forward prospects is Nikolas Khamenia, a 6'8 frontcourt player from the state of California. He's a talented offensive weapon, capable of scoring inside out, and has a handle as well. Khamenia is the type of modern prospect that translates well to both the college and pro game.

In an article by Brandon Jenkins of 247sports, Khamenia has already visited Gonzaga, while being in the mix with several other programs. Does any of them make sense from a roster standpoint? Here's a closer look at each option.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have a nice history with forwards and their development to the pro ranks. Senior Anton Watson is having a big year, while Ben Gregg has been a good rotation piece. Both of them will be gone by the time Khamenia would arrive for the 2025-26 season.

There are some questions about the program, including which conference they'd be in two years but on paper, there's plenty of playing time available. And Coach Few has been willing to play freshmen as well.

Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois recently landed another class of 2025 top-100 talent in Jeremiah Fears, a combo guard prospect. The frontcourt will be the key talent area to refill, since Quincy Guerrier, Dain Dainja, and Coleman Hawkins will all be gone by then.

Under Coach Brad Underwood, the Illini have been consistently one of the top teams in NCAA Basketball, having several All-American players through the years. And considering that
Khamenia's all-around game would fit into the offensive system, it's a potentially nice fit for both sides.