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2021 5’11 PG Nathan Valentine

Oftentimes, coaches will describe point guards as either “pass-first” or “score-first”.

2021 5’11 PG Nathan Valentine

2021 5’11 PG Nathan Valentine

Geneva’s Nathan Valentine, a 5’11 PG who just concluded a strong junior campaign, is neither one nor the other – rather, he is both, dependent entirely on the situation in which he finds himself.

As the primary ball-handler for a talented Geneva team this winter, Nathan excelled at identifying opportunities to set his teammates up for shots in-rhythm, making nearly every player around him on the floor into an offensive weapon. In a Geneva program that has featured some outstanding distributors in recent years, Valentine has continued to facilitate, demonstrating elite court vision that is equipped for the college level.

But with that said, Valentine can flat-out shoot the basketball. Not only can he shoot it, but he’s proven himself to be one of the top perimeter scoring threats in the suburbs of Chicago. “Nathan is a true gym rat,” said Geneva Head Coach Scott Hennig. “He was one of the best shooters in the area this winter, but he has continued improving in so many other areas, as well”.

Nathan’s shooting stroke is quick, which makes him a real spot-up shooting threat. Yet, Nathan owes his reputation as one of the area’s premier marksmen to his ability to create and pull-up off the dribble, both by losing defenders with decisive moves and by playing intelligently off of ball screens. In fact, Valentine is respected as a perimeter shooter in large part because he rarely takes a bad shot from beyond the arc, instead using his teammates, quickness, and basketball IQ to set himself up for high-percentage look. These are the attributes of a successful college point guard, and they’re on full display for Valentine as only a junior.

Since last Fall, several schools have made their feelings toward Valentine crystal clear, expressing their intentions to treat him as a top-priority recruit until he ultimately makes a commitment decision. However, there’s no doubt that others will join the fold as they are able to evaluate Valentine live, as they will come to the same conclusions that have already been reached by college coaches across the region: Nathan Valentine is going to be one heck of a college point guard.

Now, allow us to introduce you to Nathan in his own words:

  1. As you think ahead toward your ideal college situation, what factors are most important to you in picking a school? What are you looking for in a school and basketball program?
    The most important factors for me when considering a college include finding somewhere with a broad array of academic options (as I am undecided for a major), but I would also like a college with a nice campus. I am looking for a basketball program that has a good coaching staff and strong culture.
  2. From your perspective, what are your greatest on-court strengths that you will bring to your future college program?
    I’m incredibly competitive and determined to do whatever it takes to win. I also consider my ability to shoot quickly off the catch, off the dribble, and around the rim to be strengths within my game.
  3. During this coronavirus-inflicted “shelter-in-place”, which aspects of your game are you working to improve? And how are you being creative with your workout routine?
    I have been working on perfecting my footwork, and my pull up jumper. I’m being creative with my routine by competing with my brother and dad.
  4. If we asked your teammates what their favorite part about playing alongside you was, what would they say?
    That I would never back down from any challenge and always have their back
  5. During this time in which college coaches cannot travel to watch you play live, what’s one thing you’d like for those coaches to know about you?
    Virus or no virus, nobody is willing to work as hard as I am, and that will never change.

Interested in learning more about Nathan?

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