RANDOLPH, NJ- On Wednesday May 17, Randolph Boys Basketball center Luke Nathan was joined by family and friends in the RHS auditorium, where he signed a letter of intent to play collegiate basketball for Rutgers University.
Nathan will take his talent, his work ethic, and his 6 foot 10 inch height 45 minutes down the highway to Piscataway NJ, where he hopes to take advantage of a good opportunity to get on the court early in his collegiate career.
“I think Luke has the chance to surprise some people this year and contribute immediately, and that was coach Pikells pitch for him to come to Rutgers, said Randolph coach Matt Tighe. “They are very limited with ‘bigs’ and Luke's desire to be better is something none of these scouting services can measure when predicting how a kid will impact a college program.”
Nathan also sees an opportunity within a program that is looking to build itself to compete in one of the nations’ top Division I conferences.
“I chose Rutgers because it is such a unique opportunity to be a part of something special,” said Nathan. “The coaching staff is great and Rutgers Basketball will be on the rise in the coming years, and we will show we belong in the Big Ten.”
Playing Division I basketball for a Big 10 School is about as intense as it gets, and Nathan certainly will have his work cut out for him. While not working on the court, attending the business school and working on a major in marketing is where Nathan will put his focus.
Nathans leadership, along with his physical presence, will certainly be missed by coach Tighe and the Rams basketball program.
“Luke has been pivotal to our program being successful the last few seasons because we were always able to pencil in a 6'7-6'10 center that no one in the county had an answer to,” said Tighe. “Not to mention his work ethic rubbed off on the younger guys and just make us better on a daily basis.”
While excited for what the future holds, Nathan also has fond feelings and memories of his high school career, and will miss playing in Randolph.
“My best memory from Randolph Basketball was playing in front of our great fans every game day; they have been my friends from day one and it means so much,” said Nathan. “Randolph Basketball has taught me to always keep working. Freshman year I was not very good, but sophomore year I found myself starting on varsity, and junior and senior year I was one of the better players in the county. My message to my underclassmen teammates is that hard work always pays off so never sell yourself short.”
Coach Tighe offered some words for Nathan as he prepares for the next level.
“My advice to Luke was to be the best version of himself that he can be,” said Tighe. “Be attentive and trust what the coaches have laid out. I believe that coach Pikell and his assistants are as good as any staff out there at developing big men.”