Prospect Spotlight: Nathan Van (2020)

High School

Posted On: 12/12/17 12:55 PM

An up-and-comer in Nevada, Desert Oasis sophomore Nathan Van is coming into his own as a starting guard for the Diamondbacks.

A 6-foot-1 floor general, Van says attacking the basket is a strength of his, and mentioned to PHNV some areas he still needs improve before he can take his game to the next level.

“One of the things I like to do is shoot, and another thing my coach wants me to do is attack to the basket and get to the line, where I’m a pretty good free-throw shooter,” said Van.

“One of the main things that I think I need to get better at is strength and getting stronger, and also getting into condition. But mainly just getting stronger, I don’t think my body is where it needs to be right now.”

With his sophomore season underway, Van is hoping to become one of the state’s breakout starts this winter.  

“Coach has been telling me that I need to get my numbers up, and communicating on defense,” said Van. “This year I just want to be a floor general and help lead my team.”

And when his sophomore season is complete, he’ll head into what will be a very important 16U offseason.  

“I’m considering playing with the Las Vegas Punishers this summer, said Van. “But he last team I played with was TCA, and I’m considering playing with either of them.”