Three-star prospect Nate Schulte began last high school season at Brewster Academy intent on improving his perimeter skills in order to attract high major attention. Just as the season was starting, he suffered an enormous set back with an ankle injury that required surgery. Now the 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward is back in Las Vegas, Nev., at Palo Verde High School working to get himself back on the recruiting radar.
"Schools are waiting to see how I do this year, since I haven't played in about a year," said Schulte. "My ankle is better than ever now, and I just have to see how things workout this season and during the spring."
Chances are likely that whatever schools watch Schulte play this year will be impressed. He played very well in the recent adidas/EA Sports 702 Showcase, winning MVP honors in the all star game.
As tough a competitor and physical player as any other prospect out there, Schulte has made strides as a perimeter player. He defended well on the perimeter, shot the ball well and handled the ball well. His knack for coming up with loose balls and tough rebounds is quite exceptional as well.
"I know I can bring a lot of energy and heart and a competitive spirit to any team," he said. "I can play the three and would even like to play the two. I'm just going to continue to work hard on my ball handling and shooting."
Although Schulte's recruitment as cooled because of his injury, there are still some schools staying in contact with him heading into the season.
"I'm getting interest from Portland State and UC-Irvine," he said. "I'm also getting some interest from Stanford and Oregon State. They said they would come watch me play this year."