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Greg Gard lands another touted Minnesotan for Wisconsin in Lakeville (MN) North power forward Nathan Reuvers

Wisconsin added another important piece to its future roster with Lakeville (MN) North power forward Nathan Reuvers committing on an unofficial visit to the program Wednesday. BadgerNation breaks down the impact.

Committed Over: Lakeville (MN) North junior Nathan Reuvers committed to Wisconsin over 24 other offers, including Clemson, Creighton, Illinois, Marquette, Minnesota and Northwestern.

Rated: Reuvers is currently a three-star prospect by Scout.com and has an outside chance of being a top 100 prospect when the ratings are updated this summer.

Scouting Report: “Reuvers is a skilled power forward who is really improving. He struggles right now with physicality but that should be mitigated by a college weight program. Reuvers has a very high skill level with good length. He can shoot the three but also is capable of rebounding, especially on the offensive end.”  – Scout’s national recruiting analyst Brian Snow

“Reuvers is a long and lanky post that is skilled around the hoop. He can stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting to out beyond the 3-point arc. He definitely hasn’t seen a shot he doesn’t like as he gets shots up with even the slightest room. I would like to see him move the ball from time to time to create better looks. 

“Reuvers flashes spin moves in the lane with quality footwork and a soft touch around the rim. He hit the offensive glass well for second chance points. Reuvers will need to add strength going forward, especially in college. One of his most underrated strengths is how he runs the floor with ease. Reuvers has a lot of potential skill to work with and is a high major prospect.” Scout’s Ryan Easterling

Recruiting Impact: With two of its top targets in the boat with a little less than six months before national signing day, Wisconsin will have some choices to make with the remaining scholarships. No matter if Nigel Hayes decides to turn pro or not, the Badgers will have two scholarships available to them for the 2017 class.

Currently there are two players known with committable UW offers who are showing interest in the Badgers. One is four-star small forward Justin Smith from Des Plaines (Ill.) Stevenson, who is ranked No.99 in the country and holds other Big Ten offers from Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern and Purdue, not to mention national champion Villanova. Illinois is desperate to have him.

Union City (TN) High combo guard Parker Stewart has attracted a lot of attention over the last year on the recruiting trail but said Georgetown, Ole Miss and Wisconsin are the three schools are recruiting him the hardest, more so than Florida, Missouri, Nebraska and others.

There’s a chance Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard will take both players, one of the players or could choose to bank both scholarships for a loaded 2018 class. UW currently has one available scholarship for that year and have been in hot pursuit of Stevens Point (WI) four-star PF Joey Hauser, Greenfield (WI) Whitnall three-star shooting guard Tyler Herro and Atlanta Pace Academy power forward Isaiah Kelly. UW also is closely monitoring Kaukauna (WI) point guard Jordan McCabe, so UW will likely want the flexibility of more than one scholarship.

Quotable: “Over the summer, he just worked extremely hard to improve his game and just had a great season for us, both offensively and defensively. He just really, really developed. He’s already on his way to developing to another level right now, so that’s pretty exciting.” - Lakeville North coach John Oxton to the Wisconsin State Journal

Final Thought: Reuvers is the latest player from the state of Minnesota to make his way to Madison and a lot of those players have panned out nicely for Wisconsin, especially Jared Berggren, Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor. All those players were either not recruited or hardly recruited by Minnesota, so it’s not a shock why the Gophers hoops program has stunk for so many years.

There’s little hiding the fact that Reuvers’ family is full of current and future Notre Dame Alumni. His father, aunt, uncle, brother and sister all graduated there and his two brothers are on pace to graduate from South Bend, Ind. Wait, there’s more. The Reuvers family flies a Notre Dame flag outside their Minnesota home, own a second home in South Bend and attend every home Irish football game.

And while Reuvers believes Notre Dame may offer him this summer, he still feels Wisconsin’s facilities and his relationships with the Badgers staff makes him convinced he’s making the best long-term decision for him.


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