Lakeville (MN) North power forward Nathan Reuvers proved that tournament seeding is just a number.
Despite five-loss Lakeville North earning a number five seed in the Minnesota state playoffs, the Panthers won their sectional and knocked off top-seed and undefeated Osseo (30-1) in the state semifinals before ultimately falling 64-55 in the finals.
And if there’s one lesson Reuvers learned along the way, it’s that he was indeed a good player.
“You learn that when someone has to step up for your team, and that person’s you,” Reuvers said. “You end up leading your team to a state tournament. I got more confidence, and I’m excited to see what we can do next year.”
A role player as a freshman behind a group of seniors, the 6-9 Reuvers saw his playing time increase as a sophomore, which ultimately allowed him to find a better consistency on the court and establish a rhythm. That gave him the confidence to be a team leader on both ends of the court and a foundation to build his game over the AAU season
“I need to work on the small things, like rebounding, defense and working at different positions to see which one I can play in college,” he said.
Wisconsin offered Reuvers a month ago after head coach Greg Gard and assistant coach Lamont Paris offered him following one of his games. Since then both coaches have stayed in contact.
“I’ve been down there before for a visit and really loved it,” Reuvers said. “I’m trying to see when I can get back down there again and evaluate what it would be like if I would go there.”
Reuvers said Notre Dame stays in contact with him and has had coaches at his high school and AAU games. It’s believed an offer from the Irish would end his recruitment.
Shortly after Wisconsin offered Reuvers, the Gophers came with an offer after his 17 points and nine rebounds helped Lakeville North down Osseo.
“It’s a big deal,” Reuvers said. “There’s only one division-1 school in our state, so getting offered by the Gophers is big. They didn’t have a great year last year, but they have some good recruits coming in.”
Reuvers plans to cut down his list sometime after the spring AAU season and sign in November.
“Right now I’ve got a lot of schools coming after me, so after April I need to start figuring out which schools I’m going to cut out and start narrowing it down,” he said.