Posted On: 06/9/17 3:45 PM
A commitment of any type is noteworthy, but especially when we’re talking about athletes committing to a college — and thus to a program — that’s a pretty big deal. And for 2017’s Nolan Bertain, that big deal comes with a hint of relief.
“Excited for the opportunities,” he told Prep Hoops when asked to relay his initial thoughts on the commitment. “Relieved that the recruiting process is wrapped up,” he added.
Bertain, ranked as the No. 9 state senior from the state of Oregon, according to Prep Hoops, recently committed to Point Loma Nazarene University.
Checking in as a 6’5”, 185 pound shooting guard, Bertain is a big pickup for the Sea Lions. He’s a long, lanky three-point shooter who uses his athleticism in many ways, but especially while running the floor in transition. He believes he has a high basketball IQ and knows that he can be a good teammate and even a leader for Point Loma.
Speaking of IQ, education was one of the main reasons he decided to go with PLNU. That, and the fact that Point Loma was one of the first schools to offer him, all the way back in the summer of 2016.
“At some point, I thought to myself what my goals were, and graduating with my degree and coming out of college with a good job and plan set was one of my main goals,” he relayed.
Bertain also feels that playing basketball overseas professionally is a realistic goal for him, and he sees Point Loma as school and program that will help him reach that goal. He’ll have to work hard and continue improving his game, but he’ll be in a great position to do so with the Sea Lions.
Of course, being located in Southern California certainly didn’t hurt Point Loma in the recruiting process, either.
“[There’s] nothing like going to school on the ocean and beach in San Diego,” Bertain went on to say. “Their Coaching staff is great too. [They] showed me the most love since I started communication with them. I really liked that aspect of it because I felt comfortable with them. I’ve been in contact with some of the team too, [and] they’re great guys. It was a good fit for me.”
Next Stop: San Diego, California 🏀 pic.twitter.com/o4WRlhbJui
— Nolan Bertain (@nolanbertain) May 27, 2017
It’s tough to argue with that logic, so for Bertain, now that he has his destination picked out, it comes down to production. He’s planning on doing what he does best, and according to him that’s shooting the long ball, rebounding and running the floor. Those are three things he knows he can bring to the table immediately for PLNU, but he’s also dedicated to working on his weaknesses and adding more to his game
“I’m leaving for PLNU in late July for training and a Panama trip with the team in early August,” he said. “I’ll know my role and pick up on it fast and do my best I can.”
For what it’s worth, Bertain will be bringing a wealth of experience with him to Point Loma. He played on a great West Linn High School basketball team, a squad that notched a 24-5 overall record this past season and made it to the semifinals of the state playoffs. West Linn also went undefeated in sectional play, notching a perfect 14-0 record, so Bertain has a ton of success to draw from.
He also learned some lessons in high school, both on and off the court.
“Don’t be scared, be aggressive, and manage my time wisely,” he said when asked what his major takeaways and lessons were.” Stay on top of everything — most importantly school — and definitely build my body so I can be just as fast, strong, and in shape as the college guys.”
“I see myself doing everything I can to win games and give ourselves a shot to win a championship,” he went on to say.