This season's NBAPA Camp provided me my second opportunity to see Nate Lubick. He showed a solid knowledge for the game and got up and down the court with ease. He likes to float out, but is capable of banging when necessary.
"I like to workout. That's pretty much my life right now," said Lubick when asked what he liked to do. He went on to say that he took advantage of the summer months and AAU ball. Lubick plays for the New England Playaz, which of course has Florida commitment Erik Murphy. They are also teammates at Southbrough High.
He will be going to Cincinnati for the Take Five Adidas event, and Augusta, South Carolina for the Peach Jam. Lubick will also attend the Joe Brown Memorial in New Jersey and then head to Vegas and Los Angeles to wrap it all up.
I asked him about playing with Murphy and he said it was a good experience and that the two were friends. "My Dad is our high school coach. It's a little different growing up with the program and seeing guys go to D-1 school," said Lubick.
He still has a lot of schools he is considering and stated, "I want to get a really good feel for the schools recruiting me. I haven't cut my list down as of yet and everybody has been really good to me."
One of the important things for Lubick is his comfort level with people and getting to know the coach. "It's just got to be a good overall fit. Education is probably the biggest thing," said the 2010 prospect. He continued saying Wake Forest was the only small school looking at him and that they had just gotten involved recently.
Virginia, UCLA, Michigan and Georgetown were named as being in contact the most by Lubick. These teams appeared to be among the leaders, he then told me that he would take his five allotted official visits.
I asked him to describe his game to those who haven't seen him play and he said, "I'm versatile. I play the wing more in AAU, but they have me playing down low here which is fine." I can do a little bit of everything and try to play harder than anybody. I try to use a high basketball IQ and try to make the play when I can."
I then turned his attention to the fact that his Dad was the coach and asked him if it was at times difficult. "It was a little bit the first season, but this past year was much better. It's a little weird to have him screaming in my face at practice and then go home and eat dinner with him," said Lubick.
He will try out for the USA team (2009) which travels to Europe. He said Favors, who will go out for the 2008 Team USA was the toughest player he had played against and that named Xavier Henry as far as the NBAPA Camp was concerned.
I then asked him of his Triangle visits and whether the Dukes and UNC's of the world had been in contact. "Duke is definitely in it. They are really high up there for me," said Nate. While Duke has not been in constant touch of late, it didn't bother Lubick. "Coach K is really busy with the Olympics, but I do talk to Coach Collins a lot." He continued, "I talked to Wojo at first and then Coach Collins took over. He's a real good guy, one of the best I have dealt with. He told me that they didn't really look at guys until they were juniors."
He then said, "They have said that I will be a priority in their future recruiting and that they had seen a lot of me. Coach K came to my high school to see us play. I did talk to him and he said I needed to solidify what position I like to play. He sees me as a wing, but likes the stuff I do inside."
Finally, I asked him a BDN staple question, which was to give me three words to best describe him as a person. He said, "Smart, loyal and humble," I said, speaking of smart, how are your grades. "They're very good. St, Mark's is one of the hardest schools there is. I have an A and four B's."
Lubick showed a baby hook during the tournament and a lot of hustle. It was clear that he has a basketball IQ and he will only get better. There is no doubt that the big kid with a bushel of offers might be seeking on from Duke. Time will tell on this one and he is certainly a prospect worth keeping an eye on.[/private]