Catching Up with Nick Fruendt

Catching Up with Nick Fruendt

WeAreDePaul.com catches up with Class of 2008 prospect and Batavia (IL) High swingman Nick Fruendt as he prepares for Saturday's showdown with West Aurora. Learn what college interests Fruendt has, what he thinks about the DePaul Blue Demons, who he compares himself to, and what is important to him in his college decision.

Nick Fruendt is your average teenager; except for the fact that he's 6'5" and excels in the game of basketball. On Saturday night the junior from Batavia will reunite with the kids from neighboring West Aurora in a rematch of last year's IHSA super-sectional. This time the game will be at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The Fruendt led Bulldogs will be on the prowl for this highly anticipated match-up in hopes for some revenge.

In the meantime, while Fruendt finishes up his homework like the rest of the Batavia High School students, he's usually kept up at night by the ringing of his phone with a college coach on the other end. The combo guard/forward already has five offers on the table with other schools still very much intrigued by his presence on the basketball court. As of now the five schools that have extended scholarship offers to Nick are Bradley, Dayton, DePaul, Illinois State, and Southern Illinois. Although the junior has a lot of time to decide, he doesn't have any clear cut favorites at this moment. However, the academic world means a lot to him. "I want to go to a place where I can fit in great with the players, coaching staff, as well as in the classroom setting… and that shouldn't be a problem," said Fruendt who carries a 4.0 GPA and ranks near the top of his class.

DePaul intrigues Nick a lot because of its location. He is very close with his family. He has two younger sisters and a dog named Rocky who he is very fond of. As far as his priorities in life, family is his number one priority. However, playing at DePaul does excite Nick because he can see himself developing into someone like former Demon Drake Diener. "I can see myself being like how he (Drake) was. Even though he wasn't on the best team, I think we're similar," said the outgoing Fruendt.

As far as his relationship with the DePaul coaching staff, head coach Jerry Wainwright seems to have caught the eye of the young superstar. "Coach Wainwright is such a player's coach and he seems like a caring person and likes to have fun and joke around," Fruendt recalled from his previous visit to DePaul. He is also fond of associate head coach Gary DeCesare, "Coach DeCesare is a cool, chill out kind of guy. I can just talk to him really easily," said Fruendt.

Besides his five offers, Nick has taken unofficial visits to Northwestern and Notre Dame this fall. The fact that DePaul is in the Big East Conference excites Fruendt because of the exposure he'll receive. Furthermore, he'd like to come in and play as soon as he can as a true freshman. "Playing time is big because I want to contribute as early as I can and if they have a starting two guard that's a sophomore and he's in front of me then I don't think I would want to go to a place where I'm going to be behind someone," said Fruendt.

In the long run, the Batavia Bulldogs will hang up Nick's t-shirt style jersey (which the school is famous for) and watch as it's famous star will go on to play college basketball. Lincoln Park might just be the place for Nick to do it. "DePaul is a school where I could come and work hard and improve. I could kind of be the hometown kid… and if I do well people will want to come there from around the Chicago area. I think if I just keep working at the game of basketball and play hard all the time, good things will happen."

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on Nick Fruendt and DePaul Blue Demon prospects.

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