Prospect Watch: Sam Nissen (2019)


Posted On: 02/22/18 10:25 AM

Prior Lake 6-foot-1 guard Sam Nissen is a big reason the Lakers have posted an 18-5 record so far. Prior Lake has the size but Nissen has also shown they have backcourt talent.

“Things are going really well for my team this season, we are a very young team but we have stepped up and created a record of 18-5,” Nissen said.

“We are coming off two losses to two really good teams, those being Apple Valley and Lakeville North. We have three games left that we are preparing for hoping to go 3-0 and get the number one seed in our section.

“This was one of our goals before the season. I think things are looking good for us and I believe that our team can make a run in the playoffs.”

Prior Lake is in the stacked up Section 2AAAA that includes Eden Prairie, Edina, Chaska, Minnetonka, and others. All talented teams working to avoid the 4-5 game.

Prior Lake has beaten Edina, Lakeville South, Delano, and other quality teams. The five losses are to three teams Lakeville North (twice), Apple Valley (twice), and Minnetonka (in the opener).

Sam is scoring just under a dozen points a game and has made major improvements to his game allowing him to be such a key piece as a junior.

“I am getting smarter with the ball in my hands,” Sam told Prep Hoops. “I am the point guard here so I have the ball in my hands a lot.

“My decision making has gotten a lot better and I am finding my shot more often in games. My shooting is also a lot more consistent this year.”

Sam’s quality year has put him on the map in Minnesota and soon he will on the map of the college coaching staffs. Right now Sam likes the motivation he currently has.

“I haven’t had any offers yet,” Sam said. “I’m kind of flying under the radar which I don’t mind. Keeps me hungry and humble. I’m hoping I’ve played well enough and our team finishes well enough to open some eyes this season and carry that over into the summer.

“My goal is to get a full ride wherever that may be so I can continue my education and my playing career. I plan to take advantage of all my future opportunities to achieve that goal.”

Sam had a season high 26 points a month ago against Shakopee.