Scheer Picks Up Offers

When he received his first scholarship offer a few months ago, swingman Nathan Scheer from Borgia High School in Washington, Mo., was excited and motivated to work even harder on his game.

"The first one was definitely pretty cool," Scheer said. "You always dream about playing Division I college basketball, so that was definitely nice."

A 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard in the Class of 2010, Scheer's first offer came from Lafayette of the Patriot League. The Leopards had recruited forward Ryan Willen from the St. Louis-based Gateway Basketball Club and knew about Scheer, who played with Gateway this summer.

Next came offers from Missouri State and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. This past weekend, Scheer received an offer from Saint Louis University after he attended the school's Elite Camp.

"It's pretty exciting to realize that a lot of the hard work is starting to pay off," Scheer said of the scholarship offers.

Scheer has now attended two of SLU's Elite Camps in recent months.

"The June camp was a good experience," he said. "I learned a lot. I knew Paul Eckerle, who plays there and who went to Borgia. He really wanted me to go there. I was just looking for a chance to learn more, because I learned so much the first time."

Saint Louis University is building a pipeline with St. Francis Borgia. The Billikens had two Borgia alums on their roster last season — senior forward Luke Meyer and freshman guard Paul Eckerle — who became two of the favorite players of first-year coach Rick Majerus.

Eckerle was a senior at Borgia when Scheer was a freshman and the two were paired together for the school's big brother program, which matches a senior with an incoming freshman.

Even without the Eckerle factor, it sounds like Scheer would be interested in playing his college basketball at Saint Louis U.

"It's close to home and they have a great school, education-wise," he said. "With Majerus, as much as I've learned in those two camps, it would be pretty cool to play there."

But Scheer, who said he's also been in contact with coaches at Wichita State, has plenty of time before he has to make a college decision and is sure to generate more attention from schools in his final two years at Borgia.

As a freshman, Scheer averaged 13.1 points per game — which was second on the team to Eckerle's 24.7 points per game — and made 38.2 percent of his 3-point attempts (26 of 68). As a sophomore, Scheer led the Knights in scoring (18.9 points per game) and rebounding (5.7 rebounds per) and knocked down 45.6 percent of his 3-point attempts (36 of 79).

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