Nah'Shon Lee Hyland was born in September 2000 in Wilmington, Delaware. As a child, he was nicknamed "Bones" because of his skinny physique. Hyland attended Delaware's St. Georges Technical High School, where he particularly excelled during his senior year. He averaged 26.6 points, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals en route to the state tournament's semifinals. Hyland earned first team All-State honors and won Delaware's Player of the Year Award. The four-star high school recruit eventually committed to playing for VCU. Hyland averaged 9.0 points and was a part of the 2020 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. The guard became a regular starter during his sophomore year, when he first showed signs of becoming an NBA player. Hyland averaged 19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals en route to becoming Atlantic Player of the Year in 2021. He declared for the 2021 draft after two college seasons. Hyland was selected 26th overall by the Denver Nuggets, becoming VCU's first NBA draftee since Larry Sanders in 2010.