Fruendt Welcomes Comparisons

Some kids would get upset about being compared to a player just two years his elder, but Batavia High (Ill) junior wing Nick Fruendt is honored by the comparisons to another Illinois native, Duke freshman Jon Scheyer.

Nick Fruendt is sometimes referred to as a poor man's Jon Scheyer. You know what, he welcomes the comparison.

``It's an honor," said the fellow Illinois native. "That kid can play. He plays all-out all the time and can do everything."

The 6-foot-5 ½, 185-pound Fruendt is a junior wing at Batavia High (Ill.) who plays with the Illinois Wolves in the spring and summer.

His team is 20-2 and he's averaging 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

He's versatile enough to bring the ball up the court, but he's more comfortable on the wing and that's where his future will be at the next level.

``With my height, I can take smaller guys into the post or go outside on bigger guys and create," Fruendt said. "I know I still need to get stronger and quicker."

Fruendt, who has a 4.0 GPA (which ties him with about 20 other kids for No. 1 in his class), played much of last summer with a broken ankle. However, he wasn't aware of it for about a month.

The injury occurred towards the end of June at a high school team camp when someone stepped on his foot and he rolled his right ankle. He went to see a doctor and was told it was just a sprain.

However, Fruendt was unable to jump and cut normally and finally went to get a second opinion from a specialist at the end of July. The result: A fractured fibula.

``I tried to play through it and I didn't know it was broken until after the July period," he said. "While I don't really want to play like that again, it helped me because I learned to rely on my instincts."

Now Fruendt is 100 percent, looking forward to finishing his high school campaign and then getting a chance to play at full-strength in the spring and summer.

He's got a handful of scholarship offers in hand with several others in the mix: Southern Illinois, Bradley, Illinois State, Dayton and DePaul have offered while schools such as Creighton, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Stanford, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Marquette and Georgia Tech will watch with interest when he takes the court with the Illinois Wolves.

``Obviously, I want to go somewhere that has strong academics," Fruendt said. "But most of the schools I'm looking at have that. I want to go somewhere where I fit and am able to contribute fairly early."

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