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Wisconsin men’s basketball: Nate Reuvers enters the transfer portal

The senior big man from Minnesota is going to play one final season elsewhere.

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Late on Friday night the news broke that Wisconsin Badgers big man Nate Reuvers (Lakeville, Minn.) was going to enter the transfer portal. Reuvers is the third player to enter the portal this offseason, along with Walt McGrory (who is now at South Dakota) and Trevor Anderson.

Reuvers had a disappointing senior season in Madison, averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and shooting only 28.6% from beyond the arc. Early in the season, Reuvers set the school record for career blocked shots and, quite frankly, his name should be at the top of that list for some time.

As a junior he averaged a team-high 13.1 points and was named to the third-team All-Big Ten squad on a Badgers team that won a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. Reuvers has already graduated from UW with a degree in finance and is set to earn his masters in May.

Per the Wisconsin State Journal assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft had great things to say about Reuvers: “It speaks volumes to the kind of kid he is and the kind of future he’s going to have,” Krabbenhoft said. “Ultimately, we lose track of it. Everybody wants to focus on — what — a field goal percentage? A win-loss record at the end of the year? Sure, that’s what people tend to do and that’s a miserable, sad way of living your life. But it’s reality. And that’s what’s we get caught up in as a society. I get to be around the kid every day and know what he’s leaving here equipped with.”

While he hasn’t made any announcements so far, Reuvers could probably take a look at home town team Minnesota, and new coach Ben Johnson, as a potential landing spot. Coming out of high school, the 4-star prospect also had offers from Clemson, Creighton, Illinois, Marquette, Northwestern and many others.