LAKE CITY, Minn. (KTTC) — If you watched the Lake City Tigers this year, one thing was crystal clear — 6-4 guard Nathan Heise can ball.
The junior guard led the Tigers to just the second undefeated finish in HVL history, a state tournament berth, and a 26-2 overall record.
“It’s just been an amazing season,” he said. “One of the best ones of my life, and I feel like if we keep maximizing our potential we can make some problems at state.”
Heise has been electric all season long – averaging 22.2 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. He’s unafraid to pull up from anywhere. But what often doesn’t catch the eye is his efficiency from 2 point range, where he converts at a 61% clip.
“I really worked on that this summer,” said Heise. “I’ve been known as just a three point shooter, but I’ve been working on that and that’s paid off this year I feel like.”
Heise is no stranger to athletic excellence. His older sister, Taylor, was Miss Hockey last year and now plays for the Gophers. Her success was his motivation.
“I’d say it made me work harder to try to be like her more, and make it to state like she did a couple times.”
One thing that stands out about Heise is how easy he makes it look. He rarely looks rattled, or unable to achieve what he wants on the basketball court. But Head Coach Greg Berge knows his ace has put in the sweat equity necessary to succeed.
“There are very few days in a calendar year where he is not shooting in a gym at some point,” said Berge. “His work ethic is unmatched to become the shooter that he is and the player he is.”
Lake City’s state tournament run tips off on Wednesday, as the 5th-seeded Tigers will face 4th-seeded Melrose. Nathan Heise of the Lake City Boys basketball team is this week’s KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.