Nate Lubick Carving Own Identity

Nate Lubick has put on about 50 pounds in the past year and a half. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound rising sophomore forward at St. Mark's (Mass.) has also gained plenty of athleticism - and admirers for his play of late.

Nate Lubick grew up watching St. Mark's basketball – hopeful that one day he would be able to star in his father's program.

Well, that day has arrived.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward averaged 16.5 points per game as Erik Murphy's sidekick this past season as a freshman.

About 18 months ago, Lubick weighed in at about 160 pounds. However, much like his forward counterpart, he gained about 50 pounds and has started to become more assertive on the court.

Lubick still needs to improve his strength and his ballhandling, but he's gone from a one-dimensional perimeter shooter to a well-rounded player who isn't afraid to put it on the floor and take it to the basket.

``He's finally gotten it in terms of how aggressive he can be," St. Mark's coach/father Dave Lubick said. "He's much more athletic than he was last year and now he's able to beat people up and down the floor. He's different now. He's explosive."

``But he still needs to get into better shape," the elder Lubick said.

Lubick is now able to play above the rim. Dunks are no longer a rarity. Last week while playing pickup at St. Mark's, Lubick more than held his own against former La Salle 6-foot-8 big man Mike St. John and current Columbia forward Mike Gately.

While Murphy still receives most of the national attention, it's starting to pick up lately for Lubick.

Virginia has expressed interest. So has Michigan. The plan is to try and go to a few team camps this summer – Virginia, Michigan, Georgetown and UCLA are on the list. Atlantic-10 schools such as Richmond, Rhode Island and UMass are also involved.

``I was hoping that my recruitment would pick up a little bit this season, but I didn't think this would happen," Lubick said. "But I know I still have to work hard."

Lubick won't lie, though. This is what he envisioned for the past decade while watching his father coach from the sidelines.

``I've always been watching them play," Lubick said. "Since I was 5 or 6."

Dave Lubick said he envisioned this as well.

``I always knew he was skilled, but he's turned into a better athlete than I ever thought he'd be," Lubick said.

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