NBA Draft Spotlight: Nate Reuvers

Despite being the fourth leading scorer on a steady Wisconsin team, Nathan Reuvers may be the best long-term NBA prospect on the roster. His size, shooting, and rim protection are ready-made for the next level. Molding those tools into consistent production will be key, especially in what should be a breakout junior year.

Position: PF From: Wisconsin Class/YOB: Sophomore
Height: 6’11 Weight: 240 Wingspan: N/A

Strengths:

  • Lethal three-point shooter with his feet set. Slips screens well to find space behind the arc. Demands attention out to the arc and stretches the floor as a big. Going to be utilized heavily in pick-and-pop action
  • Effective rim protector both as a shot blocker and when contesting shots. Rarely gives up looks without putting a hand up. Good instincts coming over from the weak side and staying tall
  • Very mobile when changing ends. Runs like a cartoon character, but he regularly beats other bigs down the court
  • Should eventually be able to defend more on the perimeter. What he lacks in foot speed, he makes up for with long strides and solid closing speed to contest shots
  • Underrated ball-handler at his size. Not going to drop anybody, but has been able to advance on the dribble and use stepbacks more this season. Can take advantage of out of control closeouts
  • Face-up post game is growing. Looks much more relaxed when he faces the rim. Has the touch to shoot right away or put it on the ground. Does a good job keeping the ball high out of the post

Weaknesses:

  • Physical play can be a struggle. Put on about 25 pounds in the offseason and is still working on playing to and through contact. Progress in the weight room is very promising
  • Not an impactful rebounder, especially on the defensive glass. Usually ends up being the one cleaning up mistakes as a help defender, but doesn’t pursue the ball off the backboard as aggressively as he could
  • Raw as a back-to-basket scorer. Doesn’t receive a ton of post touches with Ethan Happ on the inside, but he can be too upright with his opportunities. Moves are fairly basic right now, though he tends to get good looks when down there
  • Does a lot of standing around the perimeter. Again, the team dynamic works with him as a floor spacer. Still would like to see more assertiveness getting touches in the paint
  • Post defense is hindered by strength restraints. Competes well for the most part. Can be sealed deep and backed down

Stats:

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
8.2 3.9 0.9 0.3 2.0 1.9 46.7% 37.8% 67.6%

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