In the most exciting and well-played game weve seen this weekend by far, Nate Lubick (#58 Scout, #62 Rivals, #21 ESPN) carried his team throughout the game, taking the game down to the wire against powerhouse Findlay Prep. The 68 bruiser is very fundamentally sound with a truly tremendous motor, and here he helped his team in every which way. On the offensive end, he showed a complete package of skills, passing the ball well, leaking out in transition, facing his man up, dribbling in the open court, posting up, crashing the boards, and most of all finishing relentlessly around the rim, or when the opposition wouldnt let him, getting to the free throw line.
While Lubick is an extremely productive and skilled player, there is a caveat to that, as he is a below average athlete and slightly undersized as well. While he shows excellent coordination and good mobility, he simply does not have very good quickness or explosiveness, likely tempering his potential severely past the college level. Lubick easily makes up for his physical limitations at this level, though, using his excellent touch in combination with his strong frame to just abuse defenders on the block, converting nearly every shot he attempts. Also, while he only showed flashes of it here, hes touted as one of the best shooting big men in his class, with range extending to the collegiate three point line.
In addition to his skill-set, Lubicks awareness and headiness playing the game are also outstanding. He is coached impressively by his father on this team, and looks incredibly well schooled. Frequently in this game he made incredibly smart plays, namely one where he battled for an offensive rebound in a crowd, tipped the ball to himself going towards the sideline, caught the ball with one hand, and then threw it off the opposing teams player, sending it out of bounds and getting his team the ball back. Still a Junior, Lubick may still have some growth left in him physically, which would be a huge boost to his potential, but regardless, its hard to see a player like this taking a long time before making an impact at the college level, even at a school as strong as Georgetown.