Nick Rutherford is looking forward to AAU season after a solid year playing for the varsity at Pike High School in Indianapolis (IN). The 6-foot-2 rising junior spoke about the aspects of his game that are currently strengths.
Rutherford has already heard from Wake Forest, Miami and Illinois.
“I get to the basket really well,” Rutherford said. “I also have really good vision and I think my defense is a very strong part of my game.”
This coming AAU season, Rutherford will run with the SYF Players 16 and 17 year old teams out of Indianapolis. During that time there are certain areas that he believes he will need to improve in.
“Shooting is something that I really want to improve upon this summer,” Rutherford said. “Really it is just the overall game. I want to become more of a complete point guard by improving my ball handling and everything that point guards do.”
Early on in the recruiting process, Rutherford is hearing the most from Wake Forest, Miami and Illinois. During the season, he had the chance to take an unofficial visit to Winston-Salem for the Demon Deacons upset win over Miami.
He talked about the experience and what stands out about their program.
“The atmosphere during the game was intense and I got to storm the court,” Rutherford said. “I think they have a really cool coaching staff. They have a great history with a bunch of NBA players coming from there and I though their facilities were really nice also.”
Over the next few months, Rutherford hopes to make several more visits to learn about what he likes and doesn’t like. He broke down the specifics of what he will be looking for that will help him make a decision in the future.
“I want to find a good coaching staff,” he said. “Style of play is going to be important because I like to push the ball and run. Academics are going to be important to me as well. Basketball is not forever and I have thought about trying to go into law and get a degree in that field.”