A few more people than usual visited Lakeville North on Thursday night to watch an informal open gym.
Drake, Green Bay and Santa Clara came to watch junior Nathan Reuvers, a 6-foot-9 power forward for Lakeville North who has 12 scholarship offers already with more likely on the way.
Although Reuvers played basketball in a five-on-five setting with other players in the Panther program on Thursday, the teams mainly attended in order to get to know Reuvers better as a person, more so than as a player.
“I’ve talked to them on the phone a lot so it was nice to meet them in person,” Reuvers said.
The junior added it was “cool” to talk to the representative from Santa Clara because Reuvers is going out to California in October for unofficial visits to Santa Clara, San Diego and Stanford.
Both Santa Clara and San Diego offered Reuvers back in July. Stanford, however, hasn’t offered Reuvers, but don’t be surprised if it does at some point.
Other teams who have offered scholarships to Reuvers are Yale, Pennsylvania, Air Force, DePaul, Green Bay, South Dakota State, North Dakota, UNC Greensboro, Duquesne and Boston.
Reuvers continues to take unofficial visits, since he can’t take official ones until his senior year. Among teams he has visited unofficially are Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton and Wisconsin, who finished second in the 2015 NCAA Division-I Men’s basketball tournament.
The junior power forward hopes by this time next year, he will have taken his five official visits and be close to a decision.
For now, though, Reuvers will continue to approach recruitment with an open mind.
“I haven’t really made any kind of decision yet where I want to go,” He said. “I am still open to everything. If I school comes in and I really like it, that is why I want to keep my options open.”