For the first time in a long time, Lakeville (MN) North power forward Nathan Reuvers didn’t have to worry about impressing anybody at a college camp.
Making his return to the University of Wisconsin since committing five weeks ago, the 6-9 Reuvers’ decision to attend UW’s advanced camp Friday was purely for selfish reasons.
“I just wanted to go there, play some basketball and have some fun with Kobe King,” Reuvers told BadgerNation. “I wanted to meet all the players. I really haven’t seen all of them yet. All of them are down there for summer school right now, so it was a great time to hang out and spend some time with them.”
Reuvers committed to Wisconsin over offers from Clemson, Creighton, Marquette, Minnesota, Northwestern and several others on May 18 while on an unofficial visit to the campus. Since then Reuvers said he has felt welcomed into the brotherhood.
“They are pretty cool guys,” Reuvers said. “Easy to joke with them. I’m excited to start playing basketball with these guys.”
While Reuvers has to wait a year before he can start summer workouts with Wisconsin, he has already started building a relationship with King, the other commit in UW’s 2017 class. Starting with being roommates at the NBPA Top 100 camp out in Virginia earlier this month, King and Reuvers were paired up on the same team during UW’s advanced camp, getting familiar with throwing alley-oop dunks to each other.
“I’ll be interested to play with him,” Reuvers said of King. “I’ve spent a lot of time with him, and he’s a pretty cool guy to hang out with. I think I’ll have a great time with him in Madison. Just playing with him more and more, we’ll get more comfortable with what each other can do.”
Also on the team of Reuvers and King Friday, to no surprise, was Greenfield (WI) Whitnall 2018 combo guard Tyler Herro, a four-star prospect approaching double-digit offers that includes Marquette and Wisconsin. Reuvers, who has also been talking to Maple Grove (MN) High 2017 combo guard Brad Davison, has been putting his recruiting hat on to help UW add some key pieces.
“It’s definitely cool to hang out with those guys,” Reuvers said. “They’re going through a big decision like I had to do. I think it’s great they are coming to campus as well as visiting other places so they can choose the best school for them. Obviously I would love to play with those guys, but ultimately they have to choose what I chose.”
One of the biggest risers in the Midwest since the spring, Reuvers went from an unranked, three-star prospect to one of the top 75 prospects in the country. He didn’t do anything special in front of his future coaches in Madison, just played loose and enjoyed having his recruiting decision behind him.
“I look at those rankings because they come out and it’s cool to be recognized by the people who put them together,” Reuvers said. “It’s pretty amazing. Last year I was only getting mid-major offers. It’s been pretty cool.”