Posted On: 06/9/17 6:32 AM
If you’re looking for a 2019 prospect who defends multiple positions, has a high-motor, and can score from inside and out, Nathan Bruns is worth a look. At the same time however, if you’re interested in Bruns, a 6’6” combo forward from Marion Local, you’ll have to compete with collegiate football programs also.
“I definitely prefer to play basketball in college but, I do like playing football too. I do like to play football also, it’s not like something I hate to play. But I do like to play basketball a lot better,” Bruns said.
Bruns later spoke on what his eventual college decision will depend on.
“I’d probably say, how much the offer was. If it’s a full-ride or whatnot. And then also, I’d like to stay closer on home. I wouldn’t want to go too far away. But if I have to go away, I mean, I would,” Bruns explained.
Miami (OH), Toledo, and Cincinnati, have all shown Bruns some intrigue on the football side of things, for his ability as a quarterback.
Basketball recruitment hasn’t seen the same level of interest quite yet.
“Not much. I’ve had a couple calls and got a couple letters, but not really,” Bruns said.
Based on our time spent watching Bruns with the Northwest Ohio Basketball Club, we’d be surprised if he made it through July without some level of boost in recruitment. He’s not the most explosive athlete, but he’s skilled and large for his position. We’ve seen Bruns control matchups on the defensive side, especially at the Run N Slam against premier competition.
“I think I’m a solid rebounder. If you need one, I can go up and get one. Other than that, I’d say scoring the basketball. I can score. Then I’d also say my defense is pretty good too. Playing AAU, I’d say it’s better than most people’s anyways,” Bruns said.
“I’d definitely say [I score mostly] from the mid-range and out. There’s a couple times that I get rebounds and score easy buckets on the inside. But I’d say most of my points come from the mid-range or around the outside,” Bruns said. He also told us that he’s comfortable shooting the jumper from a couple steps beyond the arch, even in game situations.
While he showcases his versatility heavily during the grassroots season, Bruns is asked to play more of a tough-nosed, inside role for Marion local. He’ll be one of the very best prospects in the Midwest Athletic Conference next season, where the Flyers will return all five starters. They’ll try to find some momentum early here in June, as they’ll compete in team camps at Findlay and Michigan State throughout the month.
— Greg Nietfeld (@RedFlyerBengal) March 12, 2017