Tomlinson Comes With High Hoops IQ

Among the five players the Colorado basketball team is expected to sign today is point guard Nate Tomlinson. Inside, his high school coach talks about the type of player the Buffs are getting in Tomlinson.

The final player to verbal to Colorado, Nate Tomlinson, an Australian, is in his second year in the States. He plays point guard for Lee Academy in Lee, Maine. He chose Colorado over offers from and serious interest in UNLV and St. Louis.

He was a member of the under-19 Aussie National Team.

Lee Academy has both a high school and post-graduate team. Tomlinson has been the starting point guard on the post-grad squad last year as a junior in high school, and will be again this year. They play in the New England prep school league.

Tomlinson's coach at Lee, Carl Parker, had this to say about Tomlinson: "He has a very high basketball IQ. I think he can run a variety of kinds of teams – either a team that wants to set up in the half court or a team that wants to run. His favorite player in the NBA is Steve Nash. I think that probably says something about how his game is.

"He's not the most athletic kid, but his hand-eye coordination, his ability to see the court, and his ability to process (information visually) is off the Richter scale."

"His vertical's about like mine, and I'm 56 years old and I had never had much of a vertical when I was 20," Parker joked. "But his ability to run a team, and his knowledge of the game is very, very good."

Parker said he tells his players that first impressions on recruiting trips are important.

"One of the things that we talk about a lot is when you go on a campus, you're probably going to have a feel within the first half hour or hour," Parker said.

He said Tomlinson was comfortable with the CU campus, the players and the coaches when he took his recruiting trip to Boulder in late October. Bzdelik's résumé also made a strong impression on Tomlinson, Parker said.

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