The facts: Nate scored only 12 points in four of East Lansing’s first 13 games. He struggled in his first opportunity of a few minutes of action against Lansing Eastern, but then impressed the coaches in their rematch and earned a start against Williamston. He scored 26 against the Hornets last Monday, 32 versus Everett the next day, 17 against Sexton last Friday and 38 versus Grand Ledge on Tuesday — all wins that lifted the Trojans’ record to 8-9. In the 38-point game, he made 12 of 14 field goals, 8 of 9 3-point attempts and 6 of 8 free throws in an upset of the CAAC Blue-leading Comets.
From coach Steve Finamore: “He’s the epitome of never giving up. He’s not a quitter or a whiner. Never once has he pouted while sitting on the bench. Every high school athlete should learn from him. He showed that quitting or transferring is not always the answer. The one thing about Nate is he’s been very patient. He got cut from the varsity last year, and kind of swallowed his pride and played on the JV last year as a junior. You don’t see that happen. Then he waited the first 10 games here to play. He got in a game (two weeks ago), and he played well. So we said we’ve got to give him an opportunity, and he’s making the most of his opportunities. He’s a nice little secret to have here at the end of the year. He’s a heck of a shooter. Our 3-point shooting hadn’t been very good (before last week), and Nate’s going to help us there.”