Freshman Nate Mason Impressive in Minnesota Loss to Louisville

It was a tough match first up for Minnesota, as they went down 81-68 to Louisville in the Armed Forces Classic. There were a number of positives to take away, though: the strong start, a furious comeback, the predictably outstanding Andre Hollins and a solid debut from freshman guard Nate Mason.

Mason was impressive coming off the bench, contributing 10 points, five rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.

It did not take long for him to catch the eye, either. After receiving the ball in transition, he took the ball confidently to the hoop, making use of some elegant footwork to step around his man and finish the play.

He did not stop there. The second-half saw him finish in transition once more, while a willingness to put the ball on the ground in the half court helped him get to the line five times. It was an extremely positive start to what promises to be a good collegiate career.

Mason looked comfortable handling the ball, often being made to work hard getting it up the floor by his outstandingly quick opponent, Chris Jones. Yet he handled the pressure well and was even able to apply a bit of his own on defence.

His option-taking was generally good, too. As a freshman going up against a top-ranked opponent, you do not want to be trying to do too much. Mason did not, playing a tidy game, handling the ball where necessary and mainly looking to pass in the half court.

The only real negative to come from his game was the four fouls he picked up, which saw him playing in spurts throughout. He was not alone in this, though, as the game was called tightly and 10 other players picked up four or more fouls also.

But there was enough to suggest that this kid could be very useful for the Golden Gophers over the next four years. This was a high-quality opponent and often freshman guards can seem under pressure against the top teams early on in their careers. Mason did not and while he hardly screamed superstar, he was reliable and his footwork and confidence handling the ball will make him a threat going to the hoop.

Mason was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and ranked the 31st point guard. He was also recruited by Harvard, Kansas State and Virginia, but it was Minnesota who secured his signature little over a year ago. They look to have found themselves a reliable point guard, too, who did seem far better than the 3-star rating he was given.

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Nuggets’ Nate Robinson Beats the Shot Clock with 40-Foot Turnaround Jumper

Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson didn’t put up great numbers in his team’s preseason game against the Chicago Bulls on Monday, but he did hit a pretty remarkable shot in the third quarter.

With the shot clock winding down, Robinson was able to get control of a loose ball and get a shot off from 40 feet almost immediately after gaining possession. The result: nothing but net.

Robinson finished the game with five points in 11 minutes.

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WATCH: Nate Robinson is already back to dunking

Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson posted a video on his Instagram account of himself dunking a basketball last Friday. This is pretty impressive considering the 5’9 combo guard just had surgery to repair his torn left ACL last January 31. In the first video, Robinson nearly throws it down with two hands but can’t quite finish. However, in the last video, Nate throws it down with one hand. First video: (Nearly dunks) Second video: (Dunks) The post Nate Robinson is back to dunking appeared first on Pass The Pill – Kings of Hoops.

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Georgetown forward Nate Lubick has eclectic musical taste

Senior Nate Lubick has an ear for Johnny Coltrane, The Beatles and John Mayer

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Denver Nuggets’ Nate Robinson undergoes ACL surgery

Robinson suffered the injury against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.

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Nate Robinson: I want to be first player to play for every NBA team

Nate Robinson: “If I can be the first player to play for every team in the league, I want to do it.”— Geoff Lepper (@geofflepper) January 16, 2014Nate Robinson is one of the more well-traveled players in the NBA.He currently resides with the Denver Nuggets, but has served previous stints with the Knicks, Celtics, Thunder, Warriors, and Bulls. A simple math calculation confirms that Robinson has played for six teams in all.Well, Robinson doesn’t want to stop there. He jokingly Geoff Lepper of NBA.com that he wants to become the first player to play for every team in the league.If this is indeed the case, he only has 24 more to go. Best of luck, Nate.For the record, the most teams a player has ever played for in his career is 12. That record is shared by four players and Robinson is still only half way there.Via Bleacher Report

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Nate Robinson Has Klay Thompson Spinning in Circles with Crossover

Near the end of the third quarter in a game against the Golden State Warriors, the Denver NuggetsNate Robinson destroyed Klay Thompson with a crossover and showed why he’s known as “Nasty Nate.”

 

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Nuggets’ Nate Robinson fined for saying refs hate him

Nate Robinson was fined for the second time this season, this time drawing a $25,000 levy.

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Nuggets’ Nate Robinson fined $25,000 by NBA (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has fined Nuggets guard Nate Robinson $25,000 for criticizing the officials following Denver’s 97-95 victory over the Knicks last week.

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Watch Nate Robinson Shake Tyler Hansbrough, Taunt Raptors

Some dudes are just born to showboat, and Nate Robinson is their leader. Here he is getting Tyler Hansbrough pathetically mixed up and letting Toronto’s bench know about it.

Boom, Robinson steps back for the heat checknothing but glorious net.

And then Robinson’s taunt parade begins. Sorry, Air Canada. You lose and you’re disrespected 112-98.

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