Show-Me State Junior Has Offers

The St. Louis area's Class of 2010 lacks the depth of prospects of the two classes that preceded it and doesn't have the quality of the class that will follow it. One player from the 2010 group, swingman Nathan Scheer, has attracted plenty of interest.

Scheer is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound forward at Saint Francis Borgia High School in Washington, Mo., and has helped the Knights to a strong start that has them among the top Class 4 teams in the state.

Borgia, which won a state championship in 2006, is 18-3, ranked second in Class 4 in the Missouri Associated Press poll and is averaging an impressive 70.1 points per game.

Scheer, a three-year starter, is the leader of the Knights.

He averaged 13.1 points per game as a freshman — which was second on the team to Saint Louis University sophomore guard Paul 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).

This season, Scheer is averaging a team-high 17 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He has connected on 37 percent of his 3-point attempts (30 of 81) and 78.3 percent of his free throw attempts (72 of 92) while seeing more time in the post as one of Borgia's tallest players.

Scheer likely projects as a small forward at the college level who can knock down shots from the perimeter but also has the ability to get to the basket at times. He showed that ability on Friday in a 60-48 win at Vianney, when he was able to exploit holes in the defense to the tune of a game-high 21 points on eight-of-15 shooting.

The Borgia junior probably reminds fans of former Knights standout Luke Meyer, who had a nice four-year career at Saint Louis U. as a small forward/undersized power forward. Meyer played three years under coach Brad Soderberg and one year under Rick Majerus.

So far, Scheer has drawn a mix of recruiting interest from colleges. He picked up a few offers this summer, before his junior year, and has talked to some other schools since that point.

"I've been talking to some different schools," Scheer said. "I've been talking to Virginia and Notre Dame. Then I've still got four offers on the table."

Scheer's first offer came from Lafayette of the Patriot League. That was followed by offers from Missouri State, Saint Louis and Wichita State.

The Borgia forward doesn't appear close to making any decisions on his future.

He has four more regular season games before the playoffs start, where the Knights could make a run all the way to the final four in Columbia. Then he's got another summer of playing for the Gateway Basketball Club, where he'll have a few months to impress even more schools and see where the process takes him.

"This summer will be big for me," Scheer said.

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