June 20, 2006

Another busy summer for Gatens

Once again, it has been a very busy spring and summer for future Hawkeye Matt Gatens, with a few twists and turns along the way. This past weekend, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound Gatens tried to earn an invite to the Nike Camp in July at an event in St. Louis and while he was there, he spoke for the first time with his new high school coach. Gatens, who is also playing in the Prime Time League this summer, talks about the Nike event, his new coach, and much more.

Q: How did things go for you at the Nike Jamboree this past weekend? That was a pretty big event for underclassmen.

GATENS: It went really well. I got to play against some great competition from around the country. My team went 3-4 and I played with Michael Jordan's son, Marcus, and he came to one of the games. He is a good player too. I thought that I had a good showing and I had a lot of fun. I was on a team where I kind of got to play point guard and got other guys more shots and that is really what it is all about.

Q: I would guess it was interesting and probably nervous playing in front of Michael Jordan.

GATENS: It was. I have seen him a couple of times, but never played in front of him and it was a blast. I was a little nervous at first, but I got over that and did alright. It was a fun experience.

Q: How has your summer gone playing for Martin Brothers and being in different camps?

GATENS: It has been real busy. During the spring we were probably gone every weekend, at least it seemed like that was the case. I thought that I had a good spring, even though our team struggled a little bit. We could have done better, but we tried our best.

Q: Now you are waiting to see if you get invited to the Nike Camp the first week in July or if you are going to the Adidas Camp in Indianapolis.

GATENS: Yeah, pretty much. I just have to wait to see if I get invited to Nike or not. If not, I will probably go to the other camp. The Nike Camp is pretty limited for invites. They don't let many guys in to that one now. I will take either, but I would like to go to the Nike Camp with older guys and see what that is all about.

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